William Henry Washington

William Henry Washington ( born February 7, 1813 near Goldsboro, North Carolina; † August 12, 1860 in New Bern, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1843 he represented the State of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After studying law and its made ​​in 1835 admitted to the bar William Washington began in New Bern to work in his new profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Whig Party launched a political career. In the congressional elections of 1840 he was in the fourth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Charles Biddle Shepard on March 4, 1841. Since he resigned in 1842 to run again, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1843. This was marked by the tension between the Whigs and President John Tyler. At that time, has already been discussed about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Washington remained at the state level in the political business. In the years 1843 and 1846 he was a member of the House of Representatives from North Carolina. He also sat in 1848, 1850 and 1852 in the State Senate. Professionally, he practiced as a lawyer again. William Washington died on August 12, 1860 in New Bern.