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William H. Wadsworth
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Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Laban T. Moore
William Wirt Culbertson
Succeeded by Samuel McKee
George M. Thomas
Personal details
Born (1821-07-04)July 4, 1821
Maysville, Kentucky
Died April 2, 1893(1893-04-02) (aged 71)
Maysville, Kentucky
Resting place Maysville Cemetery
Political party Unionist
Alma mater Augusta College
Profession Lawyer
Signature W. H. Wadsworth
Military service
Allegiance United States Union
Service/branch United States Union Army
Rank Union army col rank insignia.jpg Colonel
Battles/wars Battle of Ivy Mountain (American Civil War)

William Henry Wadsworth (July 4, 1821 - April 2, 1893) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky.

Born in Maysville, Kentucky, Wadsworth attended town and county private schools. He studied law and graduated from Augusta College, Bracken County, Kentucky, in 1841. He was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Maysville, Kentucky. He served as member of the State senate 1853-1856. He served as presidential elector on the Constitutional Union ticket in 1860.

Wadsworth was elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-seventh and Thirty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1865). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1864. During the Civil War served as aide to General Nelson, with the rank of colonel, at the Battle of Ivy Mountain. He was appointed United States commissioner to Mexico, under the treaty of Washington for the adjustment of claims, by President Grant in 1869.

Wadsworth was elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1886. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Maysville, Kentucky, April 2, 1893. He was interred in Maysville Cemetery.


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