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William H. Cate

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William Henderson Cate
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 5, 1890
Preceded byPoindexter Dunn
Succeeded byLewis P. Featherstone
In office
March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1893
Preceded byLewis P. Featherstone
Succeeded byPhilip McCulloch
Member of the Arkansas House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
BornNovember 11, 1839 (1839-11-11)
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
DiedAugust 23, 1899 (1899-08-24) (aged 59)
Toledo, Ohio
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Virginia E. Warner Cate
Alma materUniversity of Tennessee at Knoxville



Military service
AllegianceConfederate States of America Confederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate States Army
Battles/warsCivil War

William Henderson Cate (November 11, 1839 – August 23, 1899) was an American politician, a judge, and a U.S. Representative from Arkansas.


Cate was born near Murfreesboro, Tennessee son of Noah Cate, who was a Baptist minister, and his wife Margaret M. (Henderson) Cate. He attended the common schools, as well as an academy at Abingdon, Virginia. He ultimately graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1857. In 1868, he married Virginia E. Warner of Craighead County, and the couple had one son.[1]


Cate taught school while studying law until the Civil War. He served in the Confederate States Army where he rose to the rank of captain.

After a move to Jonesboro, Arkansas in 1865, Cate studied law, and was admitted to the bar in Arkansas in 1866 and commenced the practice of law. He served as a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives 1871-1873 and during the extra session of 1874. He was elected prosecuting attorney in 1878, and was later appointed and subsequently elected judge of the second judicial circuit of Arkansas in 1884. He organized the Bank of Jonesboro in 1887.[2]

Cate presented credentials as a Democratic member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress where he served from March 4, 1889 until March 5, 1890 when he was succeeded by Lewis P. Featherstone. Featherstone had contested the election after having been put up as a candidate to oppose Cate by The Agricultural Wheel. In an agreement between The Wheel and the Republican Party, the Republicans agreed to support Featherstone against Cate. In return "The Wheel" agreed to support John M. Clayton against Clifton R. Breckinridge. The House Committee on Elections decided in favor of Featherstone, ruling that he won by 86 votes.[3]

Cate was elected to the Fifty-second Congress which ran from March 4, 1891 until March 3, 1893.[4] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress. He later resumed the practice of law in Jonesboro, Arkansas.


While on a visit in Toledo, Ohio, Cate died of cancer on August 23, 1899 (age 59 years, 285 days). He is interred at the City Cemetery in Jonesboro, Arkansas.[5]


  1. ^ "William H. Cate". The Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  2. ^ "William H. Cate". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  3. ^ "The way is now clear for the House Committee on Elections to begin the work of purging the roll of the House of the names...". Chicago Tribune. Chicago, Illinois. 1890-02-15. p. 9. ProQuest 174425625.
  4. ^ "William H. Cate". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  5. ^ "William H. Cate". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 19 June 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Poindexter Dunn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Lewis P. Featherstone
Preceded by
Lewis P. Featherstone
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Philip McCulloch
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