The Road to Civil War

William K. Sebastian

(1812 — 20 May, 1865) Sebastian was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Hickman County, Tenn., Sebastian studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1835— practicing in Helena, Ark. Sebastian pursued cotton planting and served as Prosecuting Attorney, Circuit judge, Associate Justice of the State Supreme Court, member and President of the State senate, and Democratic presidential elector in 1846. Sebastian was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy left by Chester Ashley. Sebastian was reelected in 1853 and 1859 and served from May 12th, 1848 to July 11th, 1861 until he was expelled. Sebastian practiced law during the Civil War, later moving to Memphis Tenn. in 1864 and dieing in 1865. In 1877, the Senate revoked the resolution of expulsion. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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