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James Alexander SEDDON

(1815-1880)

SEDDON, James Alexander, a Representative from Virginia; born in Falmouth, Va., July 13, 1815; studied under private tutors and was graduated from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1835; was admitted to the bar about 1838 and commenced practice in Richmond, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1846; elected to the Thirty-first Congress (March 4, 1849-March 3, 1851); declined to be a candidate for renomination; member of the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; delegate from Virginia to the Provisional Confederate Congress at Richmond, Va., in July 1861; appointed Secretary of War in the Cabinet of the Confederate States on November 20, 1862; retired in January 1865; died at “Sabot Hill,” Goochland County, Va., August 19, 1880; interment in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.

Bibliography

Curry, Roy W. “James A. Seddon, A Southern Prototype.” Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 63 (April 1955): 123-50; O’Brien, Gerald F.J. “James A. Seddon, Statesman of the Old South.” Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, 1963.

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

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