William Barry Grove

William Barry Grove ( born January 15, 1764 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, † March 30, 1818 ) was an American politician. Between 1791 and 1803 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer William Grove began to work in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In the years 1786, 1788 and 1789 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In 1788 he was a delegate at a meeting that was to ratify the United States Constitution for North Carolina. There, however, requested that the vote was decided against the voice of Grove. A year later he was again a delegate to the recently convened meeting which ratified the Federal Constitution this time.

Grove also served as curator of the University of North Carolina, as well as head of the branch of the First Bank of the United States in Fayetteville. He was a supporter of the federal government under President George Washington, and was the end of the 1790s a member of the Federalist Party, founded by Alexander Hamilton. In the congressional elections of 1790, he was elected in the fourth electoral district of the State of North Carolina in the Council, meeting at this time in Philadelphia U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of Timothy Bloodworth on March 4, 1791. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1803 six legislative periods. Since 1795 he represented there the newly seventh district of his state. In 1791, the first ten amendments to the Constitution, called the Bill of Rights, passed in Congress. 1795 followed by the Eleventh Amendment. In 1800, Congress moved into the new federal capital, Washington DC

1802 William Grove was not re-elected. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he has held no other higher political office. He died on 30 March 1818 in his hometown of Fayetteville, where he was also buried.