William Dawson (Missouri)

William Dawson ( born March 17, 1848 in New Madrid, Missouri, † October 12, 1929 ) was an American politician. Between 1885 and 1887 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Dawson attended until 1869 the Christian Brothers ' College in St. Louis. In the years 1870-1872 he was chief of police and tax collectors in New Madrid County. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1878 and 1884 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri.

In the congressional elections of 1884 Dawson was in the 14th electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Lowndes Henry Davis on March 4, 1885. Since he was not re-nominated in 1886 by his party, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1887. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Dawson worked as a realtor. Between 1915 and 1927 he was bailiff at the District Court in New Madrid County. He died on 12 October 1929 in New Madrid, where he was also buried.