William Pitt KELLOGG, Congress, LA (1830-1918)

Senate Years of Service:
1868-1872; 1877-1883
Republican; Republican

KELLOGG, William Pitt, a Senator and a Representative from Louisiana; born in Orwell, Addison County, Vt., December 8, 1830; attended Norwich University, Vermont; moved to Peoria, Ill., in 1848; taught school for several years, studying law in the meantime; admitted to the bar in 1855 and commenced practice in Canton, Fulton County, Ill.; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1860; appointed by President Abraham Lincoln chief justice of the supreme court of the Territory of Nebraska in 1861; returned to Illinois and joined the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry; resigned on account of ill health; appointed by President Lincoln collector of the port of New Orleans on April 13, 1865; resigned in 1868, having been elected Senator; upon the readmission of Louisiana to representation was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate and served from July 9, 1868, until November 1, 1872, when he resigned, having been elected Governor; Governor of Louisiana 1873-1877; again elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1877, to March 3, 1883; declined to be a candidate for reelection; chairman, Committee on Railroads (Forty-seventh Congress); elected to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885); withdrew from active political life and lived in retirement in Washington, D.C., where he died on August 10, 1918; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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