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John TALIAFERRO

(1768-1852)

TALIAFERRO, John, a Representative from Virginia; born on the estate, “Hays,” near Fredericksburg, King George County, Va., in 1768; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fredericksburg, Va.; elected as a Republican to the Seventh Congress (March 4, 1801-March 3, 1803); as a Republican, successfully contested the election of John P. Hungerford to the Twelfth Congress and served from November 29, 1811, to March 3, 1813; unsuccessfully contested the election of John P. Hungerford to the Thirteenth Congress; elected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of William L. Ball; reelected as an Adams candidate to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress and served from March 24, 1824, to March 3, 1831; reelected as an Anti-Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth and elected as a Whig to the Twenty-fifth, Twenty-six, and Twenty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1843); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Twenty-sixth and Twenty-seventh Congresses); librarian of the United States Treasury Department from 1850 until his death at his residence, “Hagley,” near Fredericksburg, King George County, Va., August 12, 1852; interment on his farm, “Hagley.”

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

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