William Salter Blackledge

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William Salter Blackledge (1793 – November 21, 1856) was a U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1821 and 1823.

Born in Pitt County, North Carolina the son of William Blackledge, who would himself become a Congressman from North Carolina, Blackledge moved to Craven County, North Carolina at an early age, eventually settling in New Bern. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1813.

Blackledge was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons in 1820, and soon afterwards was elected to the United States House of Representatives to fill the vacancy created by the death of Jesse Slocumb and was then elected to the 17th U.S. Congress. Blackledge served in Congress from February 7, 1821 to March 3, 1823.

Blackledge died in 1856 in New Bern, where he is buried.


  • Mary Ann (Ryza) Blackledge, Blackledges in America (2002), page 220. ISBN 0-9722704-0-X (provides biography plus lineage [ancestors and descendants] for William Salter Blackledge)

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jesse Slocumb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Richard D. Spaight, Jr.