William S. Mesick

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William S. Mesick, Michigan Congressman.

William Smith Mesick (August 26, 1856 – December 1, 1942) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

Mesick was born in Newark, New York and attended the common schools. He moved to Michigan and attended Kalamazoo Business College and graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1881. He was admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced the practice of his profession in Mancelona. He was prosecuting attorney of Antrim County for one term.

In 1896, Mesick was elected as a Republican from Michigan's 11th congressional district to the 55th Congress and re-elected in 1898 to the 56th, serving from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1901. During the 56th Congress, he was chairman of the Committee on Elections No. 3. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-nomination in 1900, losing in the Republican primaries to Archibald B. Darragh.

After leaving Congress, Mesick resumed the practice of his profession in Mancelona and subsequently moved to Petoskey, Michigan and continued practice. He died in Petoskey and is interred there at Greenwood Cemetery.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Avery
United States Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Michigan
1897 – 1901
Succeeded by
Archibald B. Darragh