William Farrand Prosser

William Farrand Prosser ( born March 16, 1834 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, † September 23, 1911 in Seattle, Washington ) was an American politician. Between 1869 and 1871 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After a rather average primary education William Prosser first worked for some time even as a teacher. Later he studied law. But he has never practiced law. In 1854 he moved to California, where he was engaged in mining. In 1861 he returned to Pennsylvania. During the Civil War he rose to become a colonel in the army of the Union. In 1862, he became for a short time in captivity. After the war he settled on a farm near Nashville, Tennessee.

In his new home he began a political career as a member of the Republican Party. From 1867 to 1869 he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Tennessee. In the congressional elections of 1868 Prosser in the fifth electoral district of Tennessee was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Trimble on March 4, 1869. Since he Democrat Edward Isaac Golladay defeated in 1870, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1871.

Between 1872 and 1875, Prosser was postmaster in Nashville. He was also a director of the railway company Tennessee, Edgefield & Kentucky Railroad. In 1872, he was also one of the commissioners for the Centennial Exhibition of the year 1876. In this context, he traveled in 1873 to Europe to campaign for this event. Some years gave Prosser the newspaper " Nashville Republican " out. In 1879, Prosser by President Rutherford B. Hayes was appointed Special Representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Northwest region of the United States. Then he moved to what was then Washington Territory, where he founded the city named after him Prosser. Prosser 1889 was a delegate to the Constituent Assembly of the new State of Washington. In the following years, he held some local offices in his new home. He was among other mayor of North Yakima and 1908-1910 Treasurer of Seattle. There he is on September 23, 1911 and passed away.