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West Virginia's 6th congressional district

West Virginia's 6th congressional district is an obsolete district existing from 1917 to 1963. The district's bounds changed greatly over the years, but its last version focused on the capital city of Charleston and some safe Democratic territory running south of that city to Beckley. Today Beckley is part of the 3rd District and Charleston is part of the 2nd District.


The Sixth District was formed in 1916 after a period of two elections where the state elected an additional congressman "at large" in addition to the districts formed in 1902. It consisted of Kanawha, Boone, Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas counties. In practical effect, it was the core of the previous 3rd District. In 1934, Fayette, Greenbrier, and Pocahontas were removed and Logan was added. The district was unchanged for 1952, and was abolished in 1962.

List of representativesEdit

Representative Party Dates Notes
District created March 4, 1917
  Adam B. Littlepage Democratic March 4, 1917 – March 3, 1919 Redistricted from the 3rd district
  Leonard S. Echols Republican March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1923
  J. Alfred Taylor Democratic March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1927
  Edward T. England Republican March 4, 1927 – March 3, 1929
  Joe L. Smith Democratic March 4, 1929 – January 3, 1945
  E. H. Hedrick Democratic January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1953
  Robert Byrd Democratic January 3, 1953 – January 3, 1959
  John M. Slack, Jr. Democratic January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963 Redistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminated January 3, 1963


  • 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