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William Augustus HALL

(1815-1888)

HALL, William Augustus, (father of Uriel Sebree Hall and brother of Willard Preble Hall), a Representative from Missouri; born in Portland, Maine, October 15, 1815; moved with his parents to Harpers Ferry, Va.; attended the public schools and Yale College; accompanied his father to Randolph County, Mo., in 1840; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Huntsville, Mo.; moved to Fayette, Mo., and continued the practice of law; judge of the circuit court 1847-1861; during the Mexican War served as captain; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1861; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-seventh Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the expulsion of John B. Clark; reelected as a Unionist to the Thirty-eighth Congress and served from January 20, 1862, to March 3, 1865; was not a candidate for renomination in 1864; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1864; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died near Darkville, Randolph County, Mo., December 15, 1888; interment in the family private cemetery.

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

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