William Francis Rhea

William Francis Rhea (* April 20, 1858 in Bristol, Virginia; † March 23, 1931 in Richmond, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1899 and 1903 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Rhea attended both public and private schools. In 1878 he graduated from King College in Bristol (Tennessee). After a subsequent law degree in 1879 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in his hometown of Bristol in this profession. Between 1880 and 1885 Rhea judge was in the local Washington County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1885 and 1889 he was a member of the Senate of Virginia. By 1895 he was city judge in Bristol. He then practiced as a lawyer again.

In the congressional elections of 1898 Rhea was the ninth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James A. Walker on March 4, 1899. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1903 two legislative sessions. In 1902 he was not re-elected. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Rhea worked as a lawyer again. Between 1908 and 1925 he was a member of the State Corporation Commission of Virginia. He died on March 23, 1931 in Richmond.