West Virginia's 4th Congressional District
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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.

History

The 4th 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 representatives

Representative Party Dates Cong
ress
Notes
District created March 4, 1883
Eustace Gibson (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Eustace Gibson Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1887 48th
49th
CharlesEHogg.jpg Charles E. Hogg Democratic March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1889 50th
Memorial to J. M. Jackson - Parkersburg, West Virginia - DSC05577.JPG James M. Jackson Democratic March 4, 1889 - February 3, 1890 51st Lost contested election
No image.svg Charles B. Smith Republican February 3, 1890 - March 3, 1891 51st Won contested election
No image.svg James Capehart Democratic March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1895 52nd
53rd
Miller, Warren.jpg Warren Miller Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1899 54th
55th
Romeo H. Freer (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Romeo H. Freer Republican March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1901 56th
James A. Hughes (West Virginia Congressman).jpg James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1901 - March 3, 1903 57th
Harry Chapman Woodyard (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1911 58th
59th
60th
61st
No image.svg John M. Hamilton Democratic March 4, 1911 - March 3, 1913 62nd
HunterHolmesMoss.jpg Hunter H. Moss, Jr. Republican March 4, 1913 - July 15, 1916 63rd
64th
Died
Vacant July 15, 1916 - November 7, 1916
Harry Chapman Woodyard (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Harry C. Woodyard Republican November 7, 1916 - March 3, 1923 64th
65th
66th
67th
George William Johnson crop.jpg George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1923 - March 3, 1925 68th
Harry Chapman Woodyard (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1925 - March 3, 1927 69th
James A. Hughes (West Virginia Congressman).jpg James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1927 - March 2, 1930 70th
71st
Died
Vacant March 2, 1930 - November 4, 1930
No image.svg Robert L. Hogg Republican November 4, 1930 - March 3, 1933 71st
72nd
George William Johnson crop.jpg George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1943 73rd
74th
75th
76th
77th
No image.svg Hubert S. Ellis Republican January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1949 78th
79th
80th
M. G. Burnside (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1953 81st
82nd
U.S. Rep. Will E. Neal.jpg Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1955 83rd
M. G. Burnside (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1955 - January 3, 1957 84th
U.S. Rep. Will E. Neal.jpg Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1957 - January 3, 1959 85th
Ken Hechler.jpg Ken Hechler Democratic January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1977 86th
87th
88th
89th
90th
91st
92nd
93rd
94th
Nick Rahall 1977 congressional photo.jpg Nick Rahall Democratic January 3, 1977 - January 3, 1993 95th
96th
97th
98th
99th
100th
101st
102nd
Redistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminated January 3, 1993

References

  • 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

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