William Blackledge

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William Blackledge
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1811 – March 3, 1813
Preceded byJohn Stanly
Succeeded byWilliam Gaston
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1809
Preceded byRichard Stanford
Succeeded byJohn Stanly
Personal details
Craven County, North Carolina, U.S.
DiedOctober 19, 1828 (aged 61)
Spring Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican

William Blackledge (c. 1767 – October 19, 1828) was a Democratic-Republican U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1803 and 1809 and between 1811 and 1813.

Born in Craven County, North Carolina, Blackledge was a member of the North Carolina House of Commons from 1797 to 1799 before being elected to the 8th United States Congress in 1802. He served three consecutive terms, during which he was one of the House managers for the impeachment of John Pickering. He ran unsuccessfully for re-election in 1808, but served briefly in the state house in 1809 and returned to serve one more term in the 12th United States Congress from 1811 to 1813. He ran for Congress unsuccessfully one final time before retiring from politics.

He owned a thousand acres of land and six slaves.[1][2]

Blackledge died in Spring Hill, North Carolina in 1828. He was also the father of William Salter Blackledge, who served one term in the 17th United States Congress in the 1820s.

Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress


  1. ^ "Congress slaveowners", The Washington Post, January 27, 2022, retrieved January 31, 2022
  2. ^ "Blackledge, William | NCpedia". www.ncpedia.org. Retrieved January 31, 2022.


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by