William McCoy (congressman)

William McCoy (* in Warrenton, Fauquier County, Virginia, † 1864 in Charlottesville, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1811 and 1833 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


About the youth and education of William McCoy nothing is handed down. He joined the Democratic- Republican Party and sat from 1798 to 1804 in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In the 1820s he joined the movement to Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this.

In the congressional elections of 1810 McCoy was the third electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jacob Swoope on March 4, 1811. After ten re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1833 eleven legislative periods. During this time, including the British -American War fell. 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. In the years 1829 and 1830, McCoy was also a delegate to a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Virginia. Between 1827 and 1829, he chaired the Committee on Claims.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, William McCoy retired from politics. He died in 1864 in Charlottesville.