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West Virginia's 6th congressional district

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West Virginia's 6th congressional district is an obsolete district existing from 1917 to 1963. The district's bounds changed greatly over the years, but its last version focused on the capital city of Charleston and some safe Democratic territory running south of that city to Beckley. Today Beckley is part of the 3rd district and Charleston is part of the 2nd district.


The 6th district was formed in 1916 after a period of two elections where the state elected an additional congressman "at large" in addition to the districts formed in 1902. It consisted of Kanawha, Boone, Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas counties. In practical effect, it was the core of the previous 3rd district. In 1934, Fayette, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas were removed and Logan was added. The district was unchanged for 1952, and was abolished in 1962.

List of representatives

Representative Party Dates Cong
Electoral history
District created March 4, 1917
Adam Brown Littlepage (West Virginia Congressman).jpg

Adam B. Littlepage
Democratic March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919 65th Redistricted from the 3rd district and re-elected in 1916.
Lost re-election.

Leonard S. Echols
Republican March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1923 66th
Elected in 1918.
Re-elected in 1920.
Lost re-election.

J. Alfred Taylor
Democratic March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1927 68th
Elected in 1922.
Re-elected in 1924.
Lost re-election.
Edward T. England, West Virginia Congressman.jpg

Edward T. England
Republican March 4, 1927 – March 3, 1929 70th Elected in 1926.
Lost re-election.
Joe L. Smith (West Virginia Congressman).jpg

Joe L. Smith
Democratic March 4, 1929 – January 3, 1945 71st
Elected in 1928.
Re-elected in 1930.
Re-elected in 1932.
Re-elected in 1934.
Re-elected in 1936.
Re-elected in 1938.
Re-elected in 1940.
Re-elected in 1942.
E. H. Hedrick (West Virginia Congressman).jpg

E. H. Hedrick
Democratic January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1953 79th
Elected in 1944.
Re-elected in 1946.
Re-elected in 1948.
Re-elected in 1950.
Retired to run for governor.
Congressman Robert Byrd.png

Robert Byrd
Democratic January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1959 83rd
Elected in 1952.
Re-elected in 1954.
Re-elected in 1956.
Retired to run for U.S. senator.
John M. Slack.jpg

John M. Slack, Jr.
Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963 86th
Elected in 1958.
Re-elected in 1960.
Redistricted to the 3rd district.
District eliminated January 3, 1963


  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present
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