William Henry Haywood Jr.

William Henry Haywood Jr.
United States Senator
from North Carolina
In office
March 4, 1843  July 25, 1846
Preceded by William A. Graham
Succeeded by George E. Badger
Member of the North Carolina House of Commons
In office
Personal details
Born (1801-10-23)October 23, 1801
Raleigh, North Carolina
Died October 7, 1852(1852-10-07) (aged 50)
Raleigh, North Carolina
Political party Democratic

William Henry Haywood Jr. (October 23, 1801  October 7, 1852) was a Democratic U.S. senator from the state of North Carolina between 1843 and 1846.

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina to a prominent family,[1] Haywood attended the Raleigh Male Academy and graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1819. Haywood became the first clerk of the vestry of Raleigh's Christ Church (Episcopal) in 1821.[2] He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1822 and commenced practice in Raleigh. He was a member of the North Carolina State House of Commons (1831 and 1834–1836), serving as speaker the last year. President Martin Van Buren appointed him Chargé d'Affaires to Belgium, but he declined the position.

Haywood was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1843, until July 25, 1846, when he refused to be instructed by the state legislature on a tariff question and resigned. At the time of his resignation, he was chairman of the Committee on Commerce and the Committee on the District of Columbia.

The North Carolina legislature elected Whig George Edmund Badger to replace Haywood in the Senate.

He resumed the practice of law in Raleigh, where he died on October 7, 1852 and was buried in the Old City Cemetery.


  1. Notable Southern families, Volume 2: Haywood was the nephew of State Treasurer John Haywood. Note that he is here listed as William Henry Haywood, III, and he is listed as being born in 1810, which is evidently a misprint, since he graduated from UNC in 1819.
  2. Christ Church Raleigh History

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United States Senate
Preceded by
William A. Graham
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from North Carolina
Served alongside: Willie P. Mangum
Succeeded by
George E. Badger
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