William C. Houston

William Cannon Houston (* March 17, 1852 in Shelbyville, Bedford County, Tennessee; † August 30, 1931 in Woodbury, Tennessee ) was an American politician. Between 1905 and 1919 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1858, William Houston and his mother moved to Woodbury. There and in Sweetwater, he attended the public schools. Subsequently, he worked in agriculture; In addition, he edited a newspaper. Politically Houston was a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1877 to 1879 and again from 1881 to 1885 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Tennessee. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1878 admitted to the bar he began in Woodbury to work in his new profession. In 1888, he was both a regional board member of his party and President of the Regional Party Congress in Tennessee. Between 1894 and 1904, Houston served as a judge for the eighth judicial district of his state.

In the congressional elections of 1904 he was in the fifth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James D. Richardson on March 4, 1905. After six re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1919 seven legislative sessions. In this time of the First World War fell. In 1913, the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution were adopted. From 1911 to 1913 was William Houston Chairman of the Committee on the Census; 1913 to 1919 he headed the committee that dealt with the administration of U.S. territories.

1918 Houston waived on a bid again. Two years later he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, has been nominated for the James M. Cox as their presidential candidate. He then retired to his retirement. He died on 30 August 1931 on his plantation " Beaver Dam " near Woodbury.