William B. Spencer

William Brainerd Spencer ( born February 5, 1835 Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, † February 12, 1882 in Cordoba, Mexico ) was an American politician. Between 1876 and 1877 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Spencer enjoyed in his youth a private school education. Thereafter he attended until 1855, the Centenary College in Jackson. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Louisiana in New Orleans and its made ​​in 1857 admitted to the bar he began in Harrisonburg to work in his new profession. During the Civil War to 1863 Spencer was a captain in the army of the Confederate States. He was captured in 1863 by Union troops and detained until the war ended in 1865 in a prison camp in Ohio.

In 1866, he began practicing as an attorney in Vidalia again. Politically, he was a member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1874 he was defeated in the fifth constituency of the Louisiana Republican incumbent Frank Morey. Spencer appealed against the outcome of the election but a contradiction. Once this has been complied with, he could on 8 June 1876 in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC move in and take over Morey's mandate. Spencer practiced his new office but only until 8 January 1877. Then he resigned because he had been appointed a judge of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

William Spencer held his judicial office by the year 1880. Afterwards he worked as a lawyer in New Orleans. He died on February 12, 1882, during a stay in Mexico, and was buried in Baton Rouge.