William McComas

William McComas (* 1795 in Pearisburg, Giles County, Virginia; † June 3, 1865 in Barboursville, West Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1833 and 1837 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William McComas first attended private schools and went on to study at Emory and Henry College. In the following years he worked in agriculture, and after studying law as a lawyer. He was also a minister of the Methodist Church. Politically, he joined in the 1820s the first movement to the future President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this.

In the congressional elections of 1832 McComas was in the 19th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William McCoy on March 4, 1833. After a re-election in the 14th district of his state, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1837 two legislative sessions. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President. During his first term to McComas turned away from Jackson and became a member of the opposition National Republican Party and then the newly formed Whig Party. In his re-election in 1834 he was already begun as the candidate of Nationalrepublikaner.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives William McComas took his previous activities on again. In 1848 he applied unsuccessfully for his return to the Congress; in 1861 he was a delegate to the meeting at which the state of Virginia decided his withdrawal from the Union. McComas voted against this step. During the Civil War he was now following federal judge in the Union remained faithful area from the 1863 West Virginia State was born. He died on June 3, 1865 on his farm near Barboursville.