Idaho Territory's at-large congressional district

Idaho Territory's at-large congressional district is an obsolete congressional district that encompassed the area of the Idaho Territory, which was originally created from parts of the Washington Territory and Dakota Territory in 1863. In 1864, parts of the territory were ceded back to the Dakota Territory and another part was reorganized into the Montana Territory. The boundaries of the territory were changed again in 1868 when the Wyoming Territory was created.[1]

Idaho Territory's at-large congressional district
Obsolete district
Delegate
  N/A
Created1864, as a non-voting delegate was granted by Congress
Eliminated1890, as a result of statehood
Years active1864–1890
Idaho Territory, as originally organized, in 1863
Idaho Territory in 1864
Idaho Territory (yellow) in 1868

After Idaho's admission to the Union as the 43rd state by act of Congress on July 3, 1890, this district was dissolved and replaced by Idaho's at-large congressional district.[1]

List of members representing the districtEdit

On March 3, 1863, an act of Congress gave Idaho Territory the authority to elect a Congressional delegate, although the first delegate did not take his seat until 1864.[2][3]

Delegate
(District home)
Party Years Cong
ress
Electoral history
District created February 1, 1864
 
William H. Wallace
(Lewiston)
Unionist February 1, 1864 –
March 3, 1865
38th Elected October 31, 1863 in anticipation of territorial status.[4]
Retired.
 
Edward D. Holbrook
(Idaho City)
Democratic March 4, 1865 –
March 3, 1869
39th
40th
Elected in 1864.
Re-elected in 1866.
Retired.
 
Jacob K. Shafer
(Idaho City)
Democratic March 4, 1869 –
March 3, 1871
41st Elected in 1868.
Lost renomination.
 
Samuel A. Merritt
(Idaho City)
Democratic March 4, 1871 –
March 3, 1873
42nd Elected in 1870.
Lost renomination.
 
John Hailey
(Boise City)
Democratic March 4, 1873 –
March 3, 1875
43rd Elected in 1872.
Retired.
 
Thomas W. Bennett
(Boise City)
Independent March 4, 1875 –
June 23, 1876
44th Elected in 1874.
Lost election contest.
 
Stephen S. Fenn
(Mount Idaho)
Democratic June 23, 1876 –
March 3, 1879
44th
45th
Won election contest.
Re-elected in 1876.
Retired.
 
George Ainslie
(Idaho City)
Democratic March 4, 1879 –
March 3, 1883
46th
47th
Elected in 1878.
Re-elected in 1880.
Lost re-election.
 
Theodore F. Singiser
(Boise City)
Republican March 4, 1883 –
March 3, 1885
48th Elected in 1882.
Lost re-election.
 
John Hailey
(Boise City)
Democratic March 4, 1885 –
March 3, 1887
49th Elected in 1884.
Lost re-election.
 
Fred Dubois
(Blackfoot)
Republican March 4, 1887 –
July 3, 1890
50th
51st
Elected in 1886.
Re-elected in 1888.
Position eliminated upon statehood.
District eliminated July 3, 1890

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "The Creation of the Territory of Idaho" (PDF). Idaho State Historical Society. March 1969. Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  2. ^ "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress". United States Congress. Archived from the original on April 23, 2010. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  3. ^ "House History". Office of the Clerk, U.S. House of Representatives. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  4. ^ "Our Campaigns - ID Territorial Delegate Race - Oct 31, 1863".

Coordinates: 45°N 114°W / 45°N 114°W / 45; -114