William Blackledge

William Blackledge (* in Craven County, North Carolina, † October 19, 1828 in Spring Hill, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1803 and 1813 he represented two times the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Blackledge was the father of Congressman William Salter Blackledge ( 1793-1857 ). The date of birth of the older Blackledge is unknown. Since the late 1790s, he was politically active as a member of, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1797 and 1799, and again in 1809 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina.

In the congressional elections of 1802 he was in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded Richard Stanford took up on March 4, 1903, who moved into the eighth district. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1809 three legislative periods. During this time, the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged by the investments made by President Jefferson Louisiana Purchase. 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, which reformed the election procedure of the President and Vice President. In the same year Blackledge was one of the prosecutors in the impeachment proceedings against those responsible for the state of Vermont federal judge John Pickering.

In 1808, Blackledge was defeated by Federalists John Stanly. In the elections of 1810 he was again elected to Congress, where he replaced 1811 Stanly again on March 4. Until March 3, 1813, he could spend another term in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this time of the beginning of the British -American war fell. After he was not confirmed in 1812, William Blackledge withdrew from politics. He died on October 19, 1828 in Spring Hill.