William A. Whittlesey

William Augustus Whittlesey (* July 14, 1796 in Danbury, Connecticut, † November 6, 1866 in Brooklyn, New York ) was an American politician. Between 1849 and 1851 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Whittlesey was a nephew of Congressman Elisha Whittlesey ( 1783-1863 ). He attended the common schools and afterwards until 1816, the Yale College. Subsequently, he taught as a teacher. In 1818 he moved to Canfield, Ohio. After studying law and his 1821 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working there in this profession. In the same year he moved to Marietta. Between 1825 and 1837 he was auditor of the district administration in Washington County. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party. In 1839 and 1840 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Ohio.

In the congressional elections of 1848 Whittlesey was in the 13th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Ritchey on March 4, 1849. Since he resigned in 1850 to a bid again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1851. This period was dominated by discussions on the issue of slavery. In 1850, the introduced by U.S. Senator Henry Clay Compromise of 1850 was passed.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives William Whitteseley again practiced as a lawyer. In the years 1856, 1860 and 1862 he was mayor of Marietta. He died on November 6, 1866 in Brooklyn and was buried in Marietta.