William H. Wadsworth

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William H. Wadsworth
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded byLaban T. Moore
William Wirt Culbertson
Succeeded bySamuel McKee
George M. Thomas
Member of the Kentucky Senate
In office
1853–1856
Personal details
Born(1821-07-04)July 4, 1821
Maysville, Kentucky
DiedApril 2, 1893(1893-04-02) (aged 71)
Maysville, Kentucky
Resting placeMaysville Cemetery
Political partyUnionist
Republican
Alma materAugusta College
ProfessionLawyer
SignatureW. H. Wadsworth
Military service
AllegianceUnited States Union
Branch/serviceUnited States Union Army
RankUnion Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel
Battles/warsBattle of Ivy Mountain (American Civil War)

William Henry Wadsworth (July 4, 1821 – April 2, 1893) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born in Maysville, Kentucky, Wadsworth attended town and county private schools. He studied law and graduated from Augusta College, Bracken County, Kentucky, in 1841. He was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Maysville, Kentucky. He served as member of the State senate 1853-1856. He served as presidential elector on the Constitutional Union ticket in 1860.

Wadsworth was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865). His vote on the Thirteenth Amendment is recorded as nay. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1864.

During the Civil War Wadsworth served as aide to General Nelson, with the rank of colonel, at the Battle of Ivy Mountain. He was appointed United States commissioner to Mexico, under the treaty of Washington for the adjustment of claims, by President Grant in 1869.

Wadsworth was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1886. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Maysville, Kentucky, April 2, 1893. He was interred in Maysville Cemetery.

References[edit]

  • United States Congress. "William H. Wadsworth (id: W000015)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Laban T. Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th congressional district

1861 – 1865
Succeeded by
Samuel McKee
Preceded by
William Wirt Culbertson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 9th congressional district

1885 – 1887
Succeeded by
George M. Thomas