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William Simpson Oldham Sr.
American politician

William Simpson Oldham Sr.

William Simpson Oldham Sr.
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Intro American politician
Was Lawyer Politician Judge
From United States of America
Field Law Politics
Gender male
Birth 19 July 1813, Franklin County, Tennessee, U.S.A.
Death 8 May 1868, Houston, Harris County, Texas, U.S.A. (aged 54 years)
Politics Democratic Party
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William Simpson Oldham Sr. (July 19, 1813 – May 8, 1868) was a politician in the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War.

Early life

Oldham was born on July 19, 1813 in Franklin County, Tennessee.


He served in the Arkansas House of Representatives in 1838 and was later a Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1842. He represented Texas in the Provisional Confederate Congress from 1861 to 1862, and was a senator in the First Confederate Congress and Second Confederate Congress from 1862 to 1865.


He died on May 8, 1868.


Oldham County, Texas was named in his honor. In Harry Turtledove's 1994 alternative history novel, Guns of the South, a "Congressman Oldham" from Texas is mentioned as sponsoring a bill to re-enslave freedmen in a victorious Confederacy. Since the setting was the time of the 2nd Confederate Congress, it is likely that Turtledove was referring to Senator Oldham.

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