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Washington's at-large congressional district

At different times in its history, Washington elected one or more U.S. Representatives at-large statewide.

From statehood in 1889 until 1909, Washington elected all of its U.S. representatives statewide. In 1909, Washington was divided into congressional districts for purposes of electing representatives.

Following the 1950 Census, Washington was granted a seventh seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, but the state legislature was unable to agree on a plan to create a geographic district for the seat until 1957, so the seat was filled by a representative elected statewide.[1]

From statehood in 1889 to 1893, Washington elected one representative at-large statewide.

From 1893 to 1903, Washington elected two representatives at-large statewide, then added a third seat in 1903. The third seat at large continued until 1909, when all representatives were elected from districts.

From 1913 to 1915, Washington elected two representatives at-large statewide, with the remaining three representatives elected from districts.

From 1953 to 1959, Washington elected one representative at-large statewide, with the remaining six representatives elected from districts.

After 1959, all representatives were elected from districts.

List of representativesEdit

Congress Years Seat A Seat B Seat C
Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history Representative Party Electoral history
51 November 20, 1889 –
March 3, 1891
  John L. Wilson Republican Resigned after being elected to the US Senate Seat added in 1893 Seat added in 1903
52 March 4, 1891 –
March 3, 1893
53 March 4, 1893 –
February 18, 1895
  William H. Doolittle Republican [Data unknown/missing.]
February 18, 1895 –
March 3, 1895
Vacant
54 March 4, 1895 –
March 3, 1897
  Samuel C. Hyde Republican [Data unknown/missing.]
55 March 4, 1897 –
March 3, 1899
  William C. Jones Silver Republican [Data unknown/missing.]  
J. Hamilton Lewis
Democratic [Data unknown/missing.]
56 March 4, 1899 –
March 3, 1901
  Wesley L. Jones Republican [Data unknown/missing.]   Francis W. Cushman Republican Re-elected in the 2nd district
57 March 4, 1901 –
March 3, 1903
58 March 4, 1903 –
March 3, 1905
  William Humphrey Republican Re-elected in the 1st district
59 March 4, 1905 –
March 3, 1907
60 March 4, 1907 –
March 3, 1909
6162 March 4, 1909 –
March 3, 1913
Seat eliminated Seat eliminated Seat eliminated
63 March 4, 1913 –
March 3, 1915
  James W. Bryan Progressive [Data unknown/missing.]   Jacob Falconer Progressive [Data unknown/missing.]
6482 March 4, 1916 –
January 2, 1953
Seat eliminated Seat eliminated
83 January 3, 1953 –
January 3, 1957
  Donald H. Magnuson Democratic Re-elected in the 7th district
84 January 3, 1955 –
January 3, 1957
85 January 3, 1957 –
January 3, 1959

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Holden, Ashley E. "Seventh District Ahead." The Spokesman-Review, Nov. 17, 1956, p. 4.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1989). The Historical Atlas of Political Parties in the United States Congress. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Martis, Kenneth C. (1982). The Historical Atlas of United States Congressional Districts. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.
  • Congressional Biographical Directory of the United States 1774–present