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William Henry Roane
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
March 14, 1837 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byRichard E. Parker
Succeeded byWilliam S. Archer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Preceded byJohn Roane
Succeeded byRobert S. Garnett
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
Personal details
Born(1787-09-17)September 17, 1787
Hanover County, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMay 11, 1845(1845-05-11) (aged 57)
Tree Hill, Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican, Democratic
Alma materCollege of William and Mary

William Henry Roane (September 17, 1787 – May 11, 1845) was a politician from Virginia who served in the Virginia House of Delegates, the United States House of Representatives, and the United States Senate. He was the son of Judge Spencer Roane and the grandson of Founding Father Patrick Henry.



Born in Virginia, Roane pursued in preparatory studies as a young man. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1812 to 1815 and was later elected a Democratic-Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1814, serving from 1815 to 1817. Roane was not a candidate for reelection and instead became a member of the executive council of Virginia. He was later elected a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill a vacancy, serving from 1837 to 1841. There, he was chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia from 1837 to 1839. After an unsuccessful bid for reelection, Roane engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death on May 11, 1845, in Tree Hill, Virginia. He was interred at Lyons Family Cemetery in Hanover County, Virginia.

  • United States Congress. "William H. Roane (id: R000293)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • William H. Roane at Find A Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1817
Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 2) from Virginia
March 14, 1837 – March 3, 1841
Served alongside: William C. Rives
Succeeded by