William Ferguson Colcock
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from South Carolina's 7th district
March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1853
|Robert B. Rhett|
Edmund W.M. Mackey after district re-established in 1883
|Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives|
|Born||November 5, 1804|
Beaufort, South Carolina
|Died||June 13, 1889 (aged 84)|
|Resting place||McPhersonville, South Carolina|
|Alma mater||South Carolina College|
Born in Beaufort, South Carolina, Colcock attended Hulburt's School, Charleston, South Carolina, and was graduated from South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia in 1823. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Coosawhatchie, South Carolina. He also engaged in planting. He served as member of the State house of representatives 1830-1847.
Colcock was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1849 - March 3, 1853). He was a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution 1850-1853. He served as collector of the port of Charleston 1853-1865, serving first under the United States Government and subsequently under the Confederate States Government. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Charleston in 1860. He resumed the practice of law. He died in McPhersonville, Hampton County, South Carolina, on June 13, 1889. He was interred in Stoney Creek Cemetery, South Carolina.