After his graduation from Yale, Calhoun studied law, first in Concord, New Hampshire, and later in Springfield, Massachusetts. Calhoun was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Springfield.
Election to Congress
Calhoun was elected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and as a Whig to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843). Calhoun served as chairman of the Committee on Private Land Claims (Twenty-sixth Congress). Calhoun was not a candidate for renomination in 1842.
Post Congressional career
Calhoun served as member of the Massachusetts Senate in 1846 and 1847, serving as its president. He served as Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1848-1851 and State bank commissioner from 1853 to 1855. He served as mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts in 1859. He was again a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1861.
Death and interment
Calhoun died in Springfield, Massachusetts, November 8, 1865, he was interred in Springfield Cemetery.
- 53rd Massachusetts General Court (1832)
- 54th Massachusetts General Court (1833)
- 55th Massachusetts General Court (1834)
- 68th Massachusetts General Court (1847)
- United States Congress. "William B. Calhoun (id: C000046)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|| Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1828 — 1834
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Isaac C. Bates
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 8th congressional district
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1843
John Quincy Adams
Levi Lincoln Jr.
| 29th President of the Massachusetts Senate
John G. Palfrey
| 10th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
January 1848 – 1851
Ansel Phelps, Jr.
| 5th Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts
Daniel L Harris
- Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume I, Boston, MA: The Boston History Company, p. 448.
- Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1912), Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College With Annals of the College History, Vol. VI September; 1805 - September; 1815, New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, p. 629.
- Dexter, Franklin Bowditch (1912), Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College With Annals of the College History, Vol. VI September; 1805 - September; 1815, New Haven, Ct: Yale University Press, p. 628.
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