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 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 representatives

Representative Party Dates Notes
District created March 4, 1883
Eustace Gibson (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Eustace Gibson Democratic March 4, 1883 - March 3, 1887
CharlesEHogg.jpg Charles E. Hogg Democratic March 4, 1887 - March 3, 1889
Memorial to J. M. Jackson - Parkersburg, West Virginia - DSC05577.JPG James M. Jackson Democratic March 4, 1889 - February 3, 1890 Lost contested election
No image.svg Charles B. Smith Republican February 3, 1890 - March 3, 1891 Won contested election
No image.svg James Capehart Democratic March 4, 1891 - March 3, 1895
Miller, Warren.jpg Warren Miller Republican March 4, 1895 - March 3, 1899
Romeo H. Freer (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Romeo H. Freer Republican March 4, 1899 - March 3, 1901
James A. Hughes (West Virginia Congressman).jpg James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1901 - March 3, 1903
Harry Chapman Woodyard (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1903 - March 3, 1911
No image.svg John M. Hamilton Democratic March 4, 1911 - March 3, 1913
HunterHolmesMoss.jpg Hunter H. Moss, Jr. Republican March 4, 1913 - July 15, 1916 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
George William Johnson crop.jpg George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1923 - March 3, 1925
Harry Chapman Woodyard (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Harry C. Woodyard Republican March 4, 1925 - March 3, 1927
James A. Hughes (West Virginia Congressman).jpg James A. Hughes Republican March 4, 1927 - March 2, 1930 Died
Vacant March 2, 1930 - November 4, 1930
No image.svg Robert L. Hogg Republican November 4, 1930 - March 3, 1933
George William Johnson crop.jpg George W. Johnson Democratic March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1943
No image.svg Hubert S. Ellis Republican January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1949
M. G. Burnside (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1949 - January 3, 1953
U.S. Rep. Will E. Neal.jpg Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1953 - January 3, 1955
M. G. Burnside (West Virginia Congressman).jpg Maurice G. Burnside Democratic January 3, 1955 - January 3, 1957
U.S. Rep. Will E. Neal.jpg Will E. Neal Republican January 3, 1957 - January 3, 1959
Ken Hechler.jpg Ken Hechler Democratic January 3, 1959 - January 3, 1977
Nick Rahall 1977 congressional photo.jpg Nick Rahall Democratic January 3, 1977 - January 3, 1993 Redistricted to the 3rd district
District eliminated January 3, 1993

Living former members of the House

As of September 2018, there is one living former member. The most recent member to die was Ken Hechler (served 1959-1977) on December 10, 2016.

Representative Term of office Date of birth (and age)
Nick Rahall 1977-1993 (1949-05-20) May 20, 1949 (age 70)

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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