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William Mitchell (congressman)

William Mitchell (January 19, 1807 – September 11, 1865) was a United States Representative from Indiana. He was born in Root, New York where he attended the public schools. Later, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1836. He moved to Kendallville, Indiana and commenced the practice of law. He was appointed first postmaster of Kendallville on December 7, 1836, and served until a successor was appointed on March 7, 1846.

Mitchell was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1841 and a justice of the peace. He was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863) but was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1862 to the Thirty-eighth Congress. After leaving Congress, he engaged in the cotton business. He died in Macon, Georgia in 1865 and was buried in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville, Indiana.

New York State Senator Thomas B. Mitchell (died 1876) was his brother.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles Case
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th congressional district

1861 - 1863
Succeeded by
Joseph K. Edgerton

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