William Dunbar (politician)

William Dunbar (* 1805 in Virginia; † March 18, 1861 in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana ) was an American politician. From 1853 to 1855 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Both the exact date of birth and birth place of William Dunbar are unknown. The only certainty is that he was born in 1805 in the state of Virginia, where he also received his education. He later moved to Alexandria. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in his new job early 1830s.

In 1852, Dunbar moved to Louisiana. He was born on September 1, 1852 Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of that State. This office he held until 1853. Politically Dunbar member of the Democratic Party. In the congressional elections of 1852 he was the first electoral district of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Louis St. Martin on March 4, 1853. In Congress, Dunbar completed until March 3, 1855 only one legislative session, which was determined by the events and discussions that preceded the Civil War.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives to Dunbar retired to his now acquired sugar plantation in St. Bernard Parish. There he is on March 18, 1861 and passed away.