William Helms

William Helms (* in Sussex County, New Jersey, † 1813 in Hamilton County, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1801 and 1811 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The sources give only little information about William Helms. During the Revolutionary War he served in the Continental Army, where he rose to become captain or Brevetmajor. He then began a career in politics. In the years 1791 and 1792, he was a deputy in the New Jersey General Assembly. End of the 1790s to Helms joined, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1800, 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 James Linn on March 4, 1801. After four elections he could pass in Congress until March 3, 1811 five legislative sessions. During this period fell by President Jefferson in 1803 incurred Louisiana Purchase. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives William Helms moved to Ohio, where he died in 1813.