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West Virginia's 4th congressional district

West Virginia's 4th congressional district is an obsolete district existing from 1883 to 1993. While the district's bounds were changed many times over the years, from the 1940 redistricting to the 1970 redistricting, the district was focused on Huntington and the industrial mill towns north of that city. In the 1970 redistricting, the district focused on Huntington and the rural coal producing areas of southwestern West Virginia. Today most of the last version of the old 4th District is the western half of the current 3rd District.

HistoryEdit

The Fourth District was formed in 1882. It originally consisted of Pleasants, Wood, Ritchie, Wirt, Calhoun, Jackson, Roane, Mason, Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne counties. In 1902, Tyler Braxton, Gilmer, and Doddridge were added, while Putnam, Cabell, Lincoln and Wayne were removed. The district was totally reconstituted in 1916 as Tyler, Pleasants, Wood, Wirt, Jackson, Roane, Mason, Putnam, and Cabell counties. In 1934, Wayne and Lincoln were added. The district was unchanged for 1952. In 1962, Logan was added. In 1972, the district was totally reconstituted as Cabell, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Raleigh, Wayne and Wyoming counties. The district was abolished in the 1992 redistricting.

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Dates Notes
District created March 4, 1883
  Eustace Gibson Democratic March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1887
  Charles E. Hogg Democratic March 4, 1887 – March 3, 1889
  James M. Jackson Democratic March 4, 1889 – February 3, 1890 Lost contested election
  Charles B. Smith Republican February 3, 1890 – March 3, 1891 Won contested election
  James Capehart Democratic March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1895
  Warren Miller Republican March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1899
  Romeo H. Freer Republican March 4, 1899 – March 3, 1901
  James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1901 – March 3, 1903
  Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1903 – March 3, 1911
  John M. Hamilton Democratic March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
  Hunter H. Moss, Jr. Republican March 4, 1913 – July 15, 1916 Died
Vacant July 15, 1916 – November 7, 1916
  Harry C. Woodyard Republican November 7, 1916 – March 3, 1923
  George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925
  Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1927
  James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1927 – March 2, 1930 Died
Vacant March 2, 1930 – November 4, 1930
  Robert L. Hogg Republican November 4, 1930 – March 3, 1933
  George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1943
  Hubert S. Ellis Republican January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1949
  Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1953
  Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1955
  Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1957
  Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1959
  Ken Hechler Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1977
  Nick Rahall Democratic January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1993 Redistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminated January 3, 1993

ReferencesEdit

  • 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