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William McCoy (congressman)

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William McCoy
Dean of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1830 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byThomas Newton Jr.
Succeeded byLewis Williams
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia
In office
March 4, 1811 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byJacob Swoope
Succeeded byWilliam McComas
Constituency4th district (1811–1823)
19th district (1823–1833)
Chairman of the Committee on Claims
In office
March 4, 1827 – March 3, 1829
Preceded byLewis Williams
Succeeded byElisha Whittlesey
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Pendleton County
In office
Alongside Jacob Conrad, Jacob Hull and Peter Hull
Personal details
Born(1768-09-20)September 20, 1768
Fauquier County, Virginia Colony, British America
DiedAugust 19, 1835(1835-08-19) (aged 66)
Charlottesville, Virginia, US
Resting placeUniversity of Virginia Cemetery, Charlottesville, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic-Republican (before 1825)
Other political
Jacksonian (after 1825)

William McCoy (September 20, 1768 – August 19, 1835) was an 18th- and 19th-century politician from Virginia.

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Early life

William McCoy was born near Warrenton in Fauquier County in the Colony of Virginia.


McCoy was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1798 to 1804.

He was elected a Democratic-Republican, Crawford Republican and Jacksonian to the United States House of Representatives in 1810, serving from 1811 to 1833. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Claims from 1827 to 1829.[1]

McCoy was a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830, serving from a state senatorial district that included Augusta, Rockbridge and Pendleton Counties. There he served on the Committee of the Executive Department.[2]


William McCoy died in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 1835[3] and was interred in the University of Virginia Cemetery.

Electoral history

  • 1811; McCoy was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 52.64% of the vote, defeating Federalist Samuel Blackburn.
  • 1813; McCoy was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1815; McCoy was re-elected with 51.01% of the vote, defeating Federalist Robert Porterfield.
  • 1817; McCoy was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1819; McCoy was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1821; McCoy was re-elected unopposed.



  • "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present". United States Congress. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
  • Pulliam, David Loyd (1901). The Constitutional Conventions of Virginia from the foundation of the Commonwealth to the present time. John T. West, Richmond. ISBN 978-1-2879-2059-5.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 19th congressional district

1823–1833 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by

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