William Tredway

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William Marshall Tredway
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Walter Coles
Succeeded by Thomas Flournoy
Personal details
Born August 24, 1807
Prince Edward County, Virginia
Died May 1, 1891(1891-05-01) (aged 83)
Chatham, Virginia
Resting place Chatham Cemetery, Chatham, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Hampden-Sydney College
Profession lawyer

William Marshall Tredway (August 24, 1807 – May 1, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Early life[edit]

Born near Farmville in Prince Edward County, Virginia, Tredway completed preparatory studies. He was graduated from Hampden-Sydney College, Prince Edward County, Virginia, in 1827.[1]


After college studies, Tredway studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1830 and commenced practice in Danville, Virginia.[2]

Tredway was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845 – March 3, 1847) with 57.34% of the vote, defeating Whig John D. Cheatham. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1846 to the Thirtieth Congress.[3]

He served as delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1850.[4]

In 1850, Tredway was elected to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850. He was one of six delegates elected from the Southside delegate district made up of his home district of Pittsylvania County, as well as Halifax, and Mecklenburg Counties.[5]

He served as member of the secession convention of Virginia in 1861. A conditional Unionist, he voted against secession on April 4 and for secession on April 17 following Lincoln's call for state militia to restore seized Federal property.[6]

Tredway served as judge of the circuit court of Virginia 1870-1879. He resumed the practice of law in Chatham, Virginia.[7]


William Marshall Tredway died on May 1, 1891, in Chatham, Virginia. He was interred in Chatham Cemetery.[8]

See also[edit]

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Walter Coles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas Flournoy



External links[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.