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Willis Alston

Born: 1769

Death: Apr 10, 1837

Birthplace: Halifax County

Profession: Politician

Nationality: United States

Willis Alston

Date of Birth : 1769
Date of Death : Apr 10, 1837
Birth Place : Halifax County

Willis Alston was a U.S. Congressman from North Carolina between 1825 and 1831. He was the nephew of Nathaniel Macon. Born near Littleton, North Carolina, in Halifax County, Alston was said to have attended Princeton College, though no records exist of his enrollment. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was elected to the North Carolina House of Commons in 1790 and served for two years; in 1794 he was elected to a single term in the North Carolina Senate. In 1798, Alston was elected as a Federalist to the U.S. House, defeating incumbent Thomas Blount and two other candidates. Alston served from March 4, 1799, to March 4, 1815. Early in the Jefferson administration, Alston changed parties and became affiliated with the Republican Party. Local Federalists recruited former Gov. William R. Davie to challenge Alston in 1803, but Alston survived Davie's challenge. Alston chaired the House Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business during the 13th U.S. Congress. In the election of April 1813, Alston defeated Daniel Mason, the Peace candidate, with the smallest margin of his re-election campaigns, and Alston retired at the end of the term.


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