William Alexander CALDERHEAD, Congress, KS (1844-1928)


CALDERHEAD, William Alexander, a Representative from Kansas; born on a farm near New Lexington, Perry County, Ohio, September 26, 1844; received private schooling and also attended the common schools and Franklin College, New Athens, Ohio; during the Civil War enlisted in August 1862 as a private in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Regiment, Ohio Volunteer Infantry; was transferred to Company D, Ninth Veteran Reserves, for disability incurred in service and discharged June 27, 1865; moved to Harvey County, Kans., in 1868 and engaged in agricultural pursuits near Newton; moved to Newton, Kans., in 1872 and taught school and studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1875; moved to Atchison, Kans., and continued to study law; also engaged in teaching; settled in Marysville, Marshall County, Kans., in 1879 and commenced the practice of law; served as prosecuting attorney of Marshall County 1889-1891; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895-March 3, 1897); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; elected to the Fifty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1911); chairman, Committee of Expenditures in the Department of Justice (Fifty-eighth and Fifty-ninth Congresses); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1910; resumed the practice of law in Marysville, Kans., until 1920, when he retired from active business pursuits and moved to Enid, Okla., where he died on December 18, 1928; interment in Marysville Cemetery, Marysville, Kans.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present