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Joseph DRAPER

(1794-1834)

DRAPER, Joseph, a Representative from Virginia; born in Draper Valley, Wythe (now Pulaski) County, Va., December 25, 1794; attended private schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1818 and commenced practice in Wytheville, Wythe County, Va.; served as a private in the War of 1812; member of the State senate 1828-1830; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alexander Smyth and served from December 6, 1830, to March 3, 1831; unsuccessfully contested the election of Charles C. Johnston to the Twenty-second Congress; subsequently elected to the Twenty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Charles C. Johnston and served from December 6, 1832, to March 3, 1833; was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of law until his death in Wytheville, Va., June 10, 1834; interment in a private cemetery known as Oglesbies Cemetery, Drapers Valley, Va.

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

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