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Samuel CHILTON

(1804-1867)

CHILTON, Samuel, a Representative from Virginia; born near Warrenton, Fauquier County, Va., September 7, 1804; moved to Missouri with his parents; attended private school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1826 and practiced in Warrenton; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); resumed the practice of law in Warrenton, Va., and in Washington, D.C.; delegate to the State constitutional convention of 1850-1851; appointed to defend John Brown at Harpers Ferry, but was dismissed by his client because he advocated that the defendant advance a plea of insanity as his defense; died in Warrenton, Va., January 14, 1867; interment in Warrenton Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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