William Thomas Bland

William Thomas Bland ( born January 21, 1861 in Weston, Lewis County, Virginia; † January 15, 1928 in Orlando, Florida ) was an American politician. Between 1919 and 1921 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Born in what is now West Virginia William Bland was a grandson of Congressman John G. Jackson (1777-1825) from Virginia and a cousin of James M. Jackson (1825-1901), who sat for West Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives. He studied until 1883 at the University of West Virginia in Morgantown. After a subsequent law degree from the same university and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his 1885 was admitted to the bar he began in Weston to work in this profession.

In 1887, Bland moved to Atchison, Kansas. In the local Atchison County, he worked in the years 1890-1892 as a prosecutor. In 1894 he became mayor of the city of Atchison. Between 1896 and 1901 Bland officiated as a judge in the second Judicial District of Kansas. In 1901 he began to work in the drug trade. Since 1904 he lived in Kansas City (Missouri ), where he continued to be active in this field until 1917. Then he went into the banking industry.

At the same Bland began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1909 and 1918 he was chairman of the Commission for the improvement of port facilities at Kansas City. He was also one of the directors of a national institution for the care of the rivers and harbors ( National Rivers and Harbors Congress). Bland also served as vice president of the Mississippi Valley Waterway Association. From 1912 to 1918 he served on the Board of Education of Kansas City; later he became its chairman.

In the congressional elections of 1918, Bland was in the fifth electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of William Patterson Borland on March 4, 1919. As he said Republicans Edgar C. Ellis defeated in 1920, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1921. During this time, the 18th and the 19th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified. It was about the ban on the trade in alcoholic beverages as well as the nationwide introduction of women's suffrage.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives William Bland pulled her in 1921 to Orlando, Florida, where he worked in the banking industry. He also spent three years as a board member of the municipal utilities. He died on 15 January 1928 in Orlando.