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History and GovernmentCongressional BiographiesWest Virginia

Samuel PRICE

(1805-1884)
Senate Years of Service:
1876-1877
Party:
Democrat

PRICE, Samuel, a Senator from West Virginia; born in Fauquier County, Va., July 28, 1805; moved with his parents to Preston County in 1815; received a preparatory training; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1832 and commenced the practice of his profession in Nicholas and Braxton Counties; county clerk of Nicholas County 1830; prosecuting attorney 1833; member, State house of delegates 1834-1836; moved to Wheeling, Va. (now West Virginia), in 1836 and to Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, in 1838; prosecuting attorney for Braxton County 1836-1850; member, State house of delegates 1847-1850, 1852; delegate to the constitutional conventions in 1850, 1851, and 1861; elected lieutenant governor of Virginia in 1863 and served until the close of the Civil War; delegate to the constitutional convention of West Virginia in 1872 and was its president; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Allen T. Caperton and served from August 26, 1876, to January 26, 1877, when a successor was elected; unsuccessful candidate in 1876 for election to fill the vacancy; died in Lewisburg, Greenbrier County, W.Va., on February 25, 1884; interment in the Stuart Burying Ground at Stuart Manor, near Lewisburg, W.Va.

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

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