To install click the Add extension button. That's it.

The source code for the WIKI 2 extension is being checked by specialists of the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and Apple. You could also do it yourself at any point in time.

Kelly Slayton
Congratulations on this excellent venture… what a great idea!
Alexander Grigorievskiy
I use WIKI 2 every day and almost forgot how the original Wikipedia looks like.
Live Statistics
English Articles
Improved in 24 Hours
Added in 24 Hours
What we do. Every page goes through several hundred of perfecting techniques; in live mode. Quite the same Wikipedia. Just better.

William K. Sebastian

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

William Sebastian
United States Senator
from Arkansas
In office
May 12, 1848 – July 11, 1861
Preceded byChester Ashley
Succeeded byAlexander McDonald (1868)
President of the Arkansas Senate
In office
November 2, 1846 – May 12, 1848
Preceded byJohn Williamson
Succeeded byRichard C. Byrd
Member of the Arkansas Senate
from the Phillips County district
In office
November 2, 1846 – May 12, 1848
Preceded byM. Irwin
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
William King Sebastian

(1812-06-12)June 12, 1812
Centerville, Tennessee, U.S.
DiedMay 20, 1865(1865-05-20) (aged 52)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Amelia Dunn
(m. 1838; died 1864)
EducationColumbia College, Tennessee (BA)

William King Sebastian (June 12, 1812 – May 20, 1865) was an American politician and lawyer from Helena, Arkansas. He represented Arkansas as a U.S. Senator, Democrat, from 1848 to 1861. Sebastian withdrew from the Senate at the start of the Civil War and was later formally expelled by the Senate. He took no active part in the Confederate government, and was reinstated by a posthumous resolution in 1877.

Early life

Sebastian was born in Centerville, Tennessee on June 12, 1812; sometime around 1834 he graduated from Columbia College, also in Tennessee, and began studying law. He moved to Arkansas in 1835, where he was admitted to the bar and began practice in Helena, Arkansas;[1] later he became a cotton planter. From 1835 to 1837 he was a prosecuting attorney; he served as a circuit court judge from 1840 to 1843, in which year he was made an associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court.[1] In 1846 he became a member of the state Senate, serving as its president until 1847. Also in 1846 he served as a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket.

Political career

In 1848, upon the death of Chester Ashley, he was appointed to the United States Senate, subsequently being elected in his own right. He was reelected in 1853 and 1859. During his time in the Senate, he served as the chair of the Committee on Manufactures, as well as on the Committee on Indian Affairs. He supported Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California and Nevada Edward Fitzgerald Beale's plans to form a series of Indian reservations in California, garrisoned by a military post, on government owned land. The Indians were to support themselves by farming. The first of these reservations, the Sebastian Indian Reservation was named for him.[2]

Later life

When the American Civil War began, "he did not resign, as did all the other southern senators save Andrew Johnson, but remained a melancholy and helpless spectator of events".[1] In July 1861 he was expelled for his suspected support of the Confederacy.[1] Upon his ejection from the Senate, Sebastian returned to Helena, where he lived for the duration of the Civil War and practiced law. After federal troops occupied Helena, he moved to Memphis, Tennessee, in 1864 and resumed the practice of law; he died there on May 20, 1865, and is buried in a private family cemetery in Phillips County. Sebastian County, Arkansas is named for him. In 1877, the Senate revoked the resolution of expulsion which they had passed upon Sebastian, and consequently paid the compensation due to his children.[3][1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Fay Hempstead, Historical Review of Arkansas (1911), p. 451-52.
  2. ^ Boyd, William, H., A California middle border, the Kern River Country, 1772-1880, The Havilah Press: Richardson Texas), 1972.
  3. ^ Petition of the Children and Only Heirs of the Late Senator William K. Sebastian of Arkansas 43rd Congress.

Further reading

  • Kansas-Lecompton Constitution: Speech of Hon. W. K. Sebastian, of Arkansas, on the Admission of Kansas and Minnesota (Speech). Washington: Lemuel Towers. March 10, 1858. Retrieved March 27, 2016.

External links

U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Arkansas
Served alongside: Solon Borland, Robert Johnson, Charles B. Mitchel
Title next held by
Alexander McDonald
Preceded by Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee
Succeeded by
This page was last edited on 14 April 2022, at 20:22
Basis of this page is in Wikipedia. Text is available under the CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License. Non-text media are available under their specified licenses. Wikipedia® is a registered trademark of the Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. WIKI 2 is an independent company and has no affiliation with Wikimedia Foundation.