William Y. Humphreys

William Yerger Humphreys (September 9, 1890 – February 26, 1933) was a U.S. Representative from Mississippi.

William Y. Humphreys
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd district
In office
November 27, 1923 – March 3, 1925
Preceded byBenjamin G. Humphreys II
Succeeded byWilliam M. Whittington
Personal details
Born(1890-09-09)September 9, 1890
Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.
DiedFebruary 26, 1933(1933-02-26) (aged 42)
Greenville, Mississippi, U.S.
Resting placeGreenville Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
FatherBenjamin G. Humphreys II
RelativesBenjamin G. Humphreys (paternal grandfather)
EducationSewanee Grammar School
OccupationLawyer, politician

Early lifeEdit

William Y. Humphreys was born on September 9, 1890 in Greenville, Washington County, Mississippi. His father was Benjamin G. Humphreys II.

Humphreys attended the public schools and Sewanee Grammar School, Sewanee, Tennessee. He studied law at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. from 1911 to 1914, while in the employ of the United States House of Representatives as assistant superintendent of the House document room.


Humphreys was admitted to the bar on June 1, 1914, and commenced practice in Greenville, Mississippi. He served as first lieutenant in the Chemical Warfare Service of the United States Army during the First World War.

Humphreys was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his father, Benjamin G. Humphreys II, and served from November 27, 1923, to March 3, 1925. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1924. He resumed the practice of law in Greenville, Mississippi.

Humphreys served as prosecuting attorney of Washington County from 1928 to 1933.


Humphreys died on February 26, 1933 in Greenville, Mississippi. He was interred in Greenville Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Y. Humphreys (id: H000964)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin G. Humphreys II
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Mississippi's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
William M. Whittington