William Barton Wade Dent

William Barton Wade Dent (September 8, 1806 – September 7, 1855) was an American politician, educator, soldier and businessman from Georgia. He represented Georgia in the U.S. Congress (1853–1855).

William Barton Wade Dent
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Preceded byCharles Murphey
Succeeded byHiram B. Warner
Member of the Georgia House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1806-09-08)September 8, 1806
Bryantown, Maryland
DiedSeptember 7, 1855(1855-09-07) (aged 48)
Newnan, Georgia,
Resting placeOak Hill Cemetery - Newnan, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic

Early lifeEdit

Dent was born in Bryantown, Maryland, in 1806 and attended Charlotte Hall Military Academy in Charlotte Hall, Maryland. He graduated from Charlotte Hall Military Academy in 1823 and moved the next year to Mallorysville in Wilkes County, Georgia, and taught school.


In 1827, Dent pursued mercantile interests in Bullsboro, Georgia. He was also a key founding member of the city of Newnan, Georgia, in 1828. Dent pursued farming and milling in Coweta, Carroll and Heard Counties. He also did business in land holdings in Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. Dent also served as a colonel in the Georgia Militia during the Creek War.

In 1843, Dent served in the Georgia House of Representatives. He returned to Newnan in 1849 and presided as judge of the inferior court of Coweta County. In 1852, he was elected as a Democratic Representative of Georgia's 4th congressional district to the 33rd United States Congress and served one term from March 4, 1853, to March 3, 1855. He did not run for reelection to the 34th Congress in 1854.

Personal lifeEdit

Dent was married to Sarah Elizabeth Hinton.[1]

In the 1850 U.S. Census, Dent was listed as having land holdings valued at $50,000.[2]

Dent died in Newnan on September 7, 1855, and was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in Newnan, Georgia.


  1. ^ "William Barton Wade Dent". Retrieved 2020-08-08.
  2. ^ "1850 United States Federal Census, Georgia, Coweta, Division 19". Retrieved 2020-08-08.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Murphey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1855
Succeeded by
Hiram B. Warner