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Chapman Revercomb

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Chapman Revercomb
United States Senator
from West Virginia
In office
November 7, 1956 – January 3, 1959
Preceded byWilliam Laird III
Succeeded byRobert Byrd
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byHugh Ike Shott
Succeeded byMatthew M. Neely
Personal details
William Chapman Revercomb

(1895-07-20)July 20, 1895
Covington, Virginia, U.S.
DiedOctober 6, 1979(1979-10-06) (aged 84)
Charleston, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyRepublican

William Chapman Revercomb (July 20, 1895 – October 6, 1979) was an American politician and lawyer. A Republican, he served two separate terms in the United States Senate representing the state of West Virginia.

Life and career

Revercomb was born in Covington, Virginia, the son of Elizabeth Forrer (Chapman) and George Anderson Revercomb. He attended Washington and Lee University before entering the United States Army in World War I where he served as a corporal. Returning from the war, he transferred to the law school at the University of Virginia, graduating in 1919. He practiced law in Covington for few years before moving to Charleston, West Virginia in 1922.

He was elected to the Senate in 1942. There he championed opposition to the foreign and domestic policies of the administration of Harry S. Truman and was a stalwart supporter of civil rights. In 1945, Revercomb was among the seven senators who opposed full United States entry into the United Nations.[1] Revercomb was defeated for re-election in 1948 and for the state's other Senate seat in 1952. In both races, his support of the national Republican party's civil rights policies were major issues.

In 1956, he won a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Harley M. Kilgore, his Democratic opponent in the 1952 election. He re-entered the Senate and served through the end of 1958. During his second tenure in the Senate, Revercomb voted in favor of the Civil Rights Act of 1957.[2]

In 1958, he lost to Congressman Robert Byrd in his re-election bid in another racially charged election (Byrd held the seat until his death in 2010, becoming the first U.S. senator to serve uninterrupted for more than 50 years). He then lost the Republican nomination for governor in 1960 and retired from politics. He practiced law in Charleston until his death in 1979.

Revercomb was the last Republican to represent West Virginia in the Senate (his 1956–59 term) until the election of Shelley Moore Capito in 2014 ended a 58- year streak of Democratic Senate victories in the state.


  1. ^ "UNO Bill Approved By Senate, 65 to 7, With One Change". The New York Times. December 4, 1945. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "HR. 6127. CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1957".

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Party political offices
Preceded by Republican nominee for
U.S. Senator from West Virginia (Class 2)

1942, 1948
Succeeded by
Preceded by Republican nominee for
U.S. Senator from West Virginia (Class 1)

1952, 1956, 1958
Succeeded by
Cooper B. Benedict
U.S. Senate
Preceded by  U.S. senator (Class 2) from West Virginia
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
Served alongside: Harley M. Kilgore
Succeeded by
Preceded by  U.S. senator (Class 1) from West Virginia
November 7, 1956 – January 3, 1959
Served alongside: Matthew M. Neely, John D. Hoblitzell, Jennings Randolph
Succeeded by
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