William Halstead ( born June 4, 1794 in Elizabeth, New Jersey; † March 4, 1878 in Trenton, New Jersey ) was an American politician. Between 1837 and 1843 he represented twice the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.
William Halstead attended Princeton College until 1812. After a subsequent law degree in 1816 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Trenton in this profession. Between 1821 and 1832 he worked as a stenographer at the New Jersey Supreme Court that time he published seven volumes of " Halstead 's Law Reports ". In the years 1824-1829 and again 1833-1837 he was also a prosecutor in Hunterdon County.
Politically Halstead was a member of the Whig Party, founded in 1835. In the congressional elections of 1836, he was for the third seat from New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Lee on March 4, 1837. Until March 3, 1839, he was initially able to complete a term in Congress. He was reelected in 1838, but not approved by Congress for the period beginning on March 4, 1839 legislative session. In his place, the mandate fell to the Democrats Philemon Dickerson. In 1840, Halstead was again elected to Congress, and there also admitted. So that he could do another session between 4 March 1841 to 3 March 1843. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico. During this time, Halstead was chairman of the election committee. Between 1849 and 1853 he served as United States Attorney for New Jersey.
At the beginning of the Civil War turned Halstead on a cavalry regiment from New Jersey, which he commanded until February 1862. After he retired from public life. He died on March 4, 1878 in Trenton, where he was also buried.