William Augustus Hall

William Augustus Hall ( * October 15, 1815 in Portland, Maine, † December 15, 1888 in Dark, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1862 and 1865 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Hall was the older brother of the governor and Congressman Willard Preble Hall (1820-1882) and the father of Congressman Uriel Sebree Hall ( 1852-1932 ). Even in his youth he moved with his parents to Harpers Ferry in Virginia. He attended the public schools and then the Yale College. In 1840 he came with his father in the Randolph County, Missouri. After studying law and his 1841 was admitted as a lawyer, he started working in Huntsville in this profession. Later he transferred his residence and his law practice to Fayette. During the Mexican- American War Hall was captain of the U.S. Armed Forces. Between 1847 and 1861 he served as District Judge. In 1861 he was a delegate at a meeting to revise the constitution of his country.

Politically Hall was a member of the Democratic Party. After the exclusion of Congressman John Bullock Clark, who joined the Confederacy, Hall was at the due election for the third seat of Missouri as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he took up his new mandate on 20 January 1862. After a re-election, he could remain until March 3, 1865 Congress. This time was determined by the events of the Civil War.

1864 Hall waived on a bid again. In the same year he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, was nominated at the General George B. McClellan as a presidential candidate. As a result, he practiced as a lawyer again; besides, he was also active in agriculture. William Hall died on 15 December 1888 in the vicinity of Darkville.