William Gaston

William J. Gaston ( born September 19, 1778 in New Bern, North Carolina; † January 23, 1844 in Raleigh, North Carolina) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1813 and 1817 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


At the age of 13 years, William Gaston wrote at Georgetown College in Washington DC one. Later he returned to his home, where he graduated from the New Bern Academy. This was followed up in 1796 to study at Princeton College. After a subsequent law degree in 1798 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in New Bern in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Federalist Party, a political career.

In 1800, Gaston was elected to the Senate from North Carolina. Between 1807 and 1809 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives of that State, which he was president in 1808. In the years 1812, 1818 and 1819 he was again in the Senate. In the congressional elections of 1812, Gaston was selected in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of William Blackledge on March 4, 1813. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1817 two legislative sessions. These were initially shaped by the events of the British - American War.

In 1816, Gaston opted not to run again. Between 1824 and 1831 he was several times delegate in the House of Representatives from North Carolina. In 1833 he became a judge on the North Carolina Supreme Court This office he held until his death. In 1835, William Gaston was a member of Assembly to revise the Constitution of North Carolina; In 1840 he declined a nomination for election to the U.S. Senate. He died on January 23, 1844 in Raleigh.