Waitman T. Willey

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(18 October, 1811 -- 2 May, 1900) Willey was an American lawyer and politician representing both Virginia and West Virginia. Born in Monongalia County, Va., Willey studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1833. Willey participated in the Virginia State constitutional convention of 1850 and 1851 and later participated as a delegate to West Virginia's State constitutional convention. Afterwards, Willey was elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate from Virginia to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of James M. Mason. After West Virginia was admitted into the union, Willey was elected as a Unionist to the United States Senate representing West Virginia in 1862 and was reelected in 1865 as a Republican. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp]

Member of Virginia Delegation—The Road to Civil War, West Virginia Delegation—United States Fourteenth Amendment & The Civil Rights Act of 1866, West Virginia Delegation—United States Thirteenth Amendment 1863-65, West Virginia Delegation—United States Fifteenth Amendment.

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