William Harrell Felton

William Harrell Felton (* June 19, 1823 in Lexington, Georgia, † September 24, 1909 in Cartersville, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1875 and 1881 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Felton attended the common schools and then studied until 1843 at the University of Georgia in Athens. After a subsequent study of medicine at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta and its made ​​in 1844 Admitted to the doctor, he began to work in his new profession. He also worked as a teacher and in agriculture. In 1851, Felton was elected to the House of Representatives from Georgia. He was also active in the Methodist Church. In 1857 he was ordained as a priest. During the Civil War he was a doctor in use.

In the congressional elections of 1874 Felton was as an independent candidate in the seventh constituency of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Pierce M. B. Young on March 4, 1875. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1881 three legislative periods. In the elections of 1880 he was not re-elected.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Felton was working as a priest again. He also worked again in agriculture. Between 1884 and 1890 he was again in the House of Representatives from Georgia. In the years 1886-1892 he was also curator of the University of Georgia. He died on September 24, 1909 in Cartersville.

His wife Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton was in 1922 appointed the first female senator of the United States.