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Abraham Watkins VENABLE

(1799-1876)

VENABLE, Abraham Watkins, (nephew of Abraham Bedford Venable), a Representative from North Carolina; born in Springfield, Prince Edward County, Va., October 17, 1799; was graduated from Hampden-Sidney (Va.) College in 1816; studied medicine for two years; was graduated from Princeton College in 1819; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Prince Edward and Mecklenburg Counties, Va.; moved to North Carolina in 1829; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth, Thirty-first, and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1852 to the Thirty-third Congress; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Breckinridge and Lane in 1860; delegate from the State of North Carolina to the Provisional Confederate Congress in 1861; member of the house of representatives of the Confederate Congress 1862-1864; died in Oxford, N.C., on February 24, 1876; interment in the Shiloh Presbyterian Churchyard, Granville County, N.C.

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

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