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Littleton Waller Tazewell

Member From: 1798 - 1817

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  • Birth Date: December 17, 1774 Birth Place:Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Death Date: May 6, 1860
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian, English, French
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  • Education: College of William & Mary (1791)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Lawyer
  • Additional Info:
    His principal published work is Review of the Negotiations between the United States and Great Britain Respecting the Commerce of the Two Countries (1829)
    Tazewell, Virginia; Tazewell County, Virginia and Tazewell County, Illinois are named in his honor, and in his father's honor, as are the cities of Tazewell and New Tazewell, Tennessee. A plaque in his honor is found at the corner of Tazewell and Granby streets in Norfolk, near the Tazewell Hotel and Suites, where his two-story house was located.
    Tazewell was the maternal grandfather of Littleton Waller Tazewell Bradford (1848–1918), a prominent Virginia politician, and a founder of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Member, U.S. House of Representatives (Nov. 26, 1800 - March 4, 1801)
    Member, U.S. Senate (Dec. 7, 1824 - July 16, 1832)
    26th Governor of Virginia (March 31, 1834 - April 30, 1836)
    President pro tempore of the United States Senate (July 9, 1832 - July 16, 1832)
    Virginia Constitutional Convention (1829)
    Chairman, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
    Vice Presidential candidate, Democrat Party (1840)
    He was one of the Commissioners of Claims under the treaty with Spain ceding Florida in 1821.
    Oldest Living U.S. Senator (April 20, 1857 - May 6, 1860)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1798-1799 James City Democratic-Republican Claims
Courts of Justice
Propositions and Grievances
1799-1800 James City Democratic-Republican Clerk's Office
Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1800-1801 James City
1804-1805 Norfolk Borough Democratic-Republican Courts of Justice
1805-1806 Norfolk Borough Democratic-Republican
1816-1817 Norfolk Borough Democratic-Republican Courts of Justice (Chair)
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