William Van Ness Bay

William Van Ness Bay ( born November 23, 1818 in Hudson, New York, † February 10, 1894 in Eureka, Missouri ) was an American politician. Between 1849 and 1851 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Bay attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began in 1836 in Union ( Missouri) to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1844 and 1848 he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Missouri. In the congressional elections of 1848, Bay was in the second electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Jameson on March 4, 1849. Until March 3, 1851, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This was marked by the debate over slavery.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Bay again practiced as a lawyer. In 1862 he was appointed Judge of the Supreme Court of Missouri. This office he held until his dismissal in 1865 by Governor Thomas Clement Fletcher. After William Bay moved to St. Louis, where he worked as a lawyer. In 1886 he retired to his retirement, he spent in Eureka. Here he is on February 10, 1894 and passed away.