William Leigh Brent

William Leigh Brent ( born February 20, 1784 in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, † July 7, 1848 in St. Martinville, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1823 and 1829 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Brent was a nephew of Richard Brent (1757-1814), who represented 1799-1814 the State of Virginia in both houses of Congress. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer Brent moved around the year 1809 in the territory that became the state of Louisiana, where he worked in his new profession. President James Madison appointed him deputy attorney general for the western part of the Orleans Territory. Politically, Brent member of the Democratic- Republican Party. In the 1820s he joined the faction of President John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay, who stood in opposition to Andrew Jackson and his Democratic Party, was established in 1828. Later, Brent member of the founded in the 1830s Whig party.

In the congressional elections of 1822 Brent in the newly created third electoral district of Louisiana was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he took on 4 March 1823 its seat. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1829 three legislative periods. These were overshadowed by the fierce debate between supporters and opponents of Andrew Jackson. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives William Brent again worked as a lawyer. He died on 7 July 1848 in St. Martinville.