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John Warwick DANIEL

(1842-1910)
Senate Years of Service:
1887-1910
Party:
Democrat

DANIEL, John Warwick, a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born in Lynchburg, Va., September 5, 1842; attended private schools, Lynchburg College, and Dr. Gessner Harrison’s University School; during the Civil War served in the Confederate Army 1861-1864, attaining the rank of major; permanently disabled in the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864; studied law at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville; admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice at Lynchburg, Va.; member, State house of delegates 1869-1872; member, State senate 1875-1881; unsuccessful candidate for Governor in 1881; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); did not seek renomination in 1886, having been elected Senator; elected in 1885 as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected in 1891, 1897, 1904, and 1910, and served from March 4, 1887, until his death on June 29, 1910; died before his credentials for the last election could be presented; chairman, Committee on Revision of the Laws of the United States (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-fifth Congress), Committee on Public Health and National Quarantine (Sixtieth Congress), Committee on Private Land Claims (Sixty-first Congress); died in Lynchburg, Va.; interment in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Daniel, Edward M., comp. Speeches and Orations of John Warwick Daniel. Lynchburg, VA: J.P. Bell Co., 1911; Doss, Richard. “John Warwick Daniel: A Study in the Virginia Democracy.” Ph.D. dissertation, University of Virginia, 1955.

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

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