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William B. Calhoun

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William B. Calhoun
William Barron Calhoun.png
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byIsaac C. Bates
Succeeded byJohn Quincy Adams
5th Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts[1]
In office
Preceded byAnsel Phelps, Jr.
Succeeded byDaniel L Harris
28th President[1] of the
Massachusetts Senate[1]
In office
Preceded byLevi Lincoln Jr.
Succeeded byZeno Scudder
10th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
In office
January 1848[2] – 1851[2]
GovernorGeorge N. Briggs
Preceded byJohn G. Palfrey
Succeeded byAmasa Walker
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded byWilliam C. Jarvis
Succeeded byJulius Rockwell
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
In office
Personal details
William Barron Calhoun

December 29, 1796[1]
DiedNovember 8, 1865 (aged 68)
Springfield, Massachusetts[2]
Political partyAnti-Jacksonian, Whig
Spouse(s)Margaret Howard[2]

William Barron Calhoun (December 29, 1796 – November 8, 1865) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Early life

Calhoun, the eldest child of Andrew Calhoun and Martha (Chamberlain) Calhoun,[3] was born on December 29, 1796 in Boston, Massachusetts.[3] Calhoun graduated from Yale College[2] in 1814.

After his graduation from Yale, Calhoun studied law, first in Concord, New Hampshire,[3] and later in Springfield, Massachusetts.[2] Calhoun was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Springfield.

Calhoun served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives 1825-1834, serving as speaker 1828-1834.[1]

Election to Congress

Calhoun was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and as a Whig to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843). Calhoun served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress). Calhoun was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.

Post Congressional career

In 1844 Calhoun was a Presidential Elector for Henry Clay.[2]

Calhoun served as member of the Massachusetts Senate in 1846 and 1847, serving as its president. He served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1848-1851 and State bank commissioner from 1853 to 1855. He served as mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1859.[1] He was again a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1861.[1]

Death and interment

Calhoun died in Springfield, Massachusetts, November 8, 1865, he was interred in Springfield Cemetery.

See also


  • United States Congress. "William B. Calhoun (id: C000046)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

External links

Massachusetts House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. Jarvis
Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1828 — 1834
Succeeded by
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district

March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843
Succeeded by
Massachusetts Senate
Preceded by 29th President of the Massachusetts Senate
Succeeded by
Political offices
Preceded by 10th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
January 1848 – 1851
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Ansel Phelps, Jr.
5th Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Daniel L Harris


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume I, Boston, MA: The Boston History Company, p. 448
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1912), Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College With Annals of the College History, Vol. VI September; 1805 - September; 1815, New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, p. 629
  3. ^ a b c Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1912), Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College With Annals of the College History, Vol. VI September; 1805 - September; 1815, New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, p. 628

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