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Abraham B. Venable

Member From: 1800 - 1803

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  • Birth Date: November 20, 1758 Birth Place:State Hill farm near Prince Edward County Courthouse
  • Death Date: perished in the burning of a theater in Richmond, December 26, 1811
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian, English
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  • Education: attended Hampden-Sidney and graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Planter and Lawyer (admitted to the bar in 1784)
  • Bio: VENABLE, Abraham Bedford, (uncle of Abraham Watkins Venable), a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born on ‘State Hill’ farm, near Prince Edward Court House (now Worsham), Prince Edward County, Va., November 20, 1758; attended Hampden-Sidney (Va.) College and graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1780; engaged as a planter in his native county; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1784 and commenced practice at Prince Edward Court House; elected to the Second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1791-March 3, 1799); was not a candidate for renomination in 1798; chairman, Committee on Elections (Fourth Congress); elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Stevens T. Mason and served from December 7, 1803, to June 7, 1804, when he resigned to become president of the first national bank organized in Virginia; perished at the burning of a theater in Richmond, Va., December 26, 1811; interment of ashes, with those of other fire victims, under a stone in front of the altar in Monumental Church, Richmond, Va.

    Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: U.S. House of Representatives (March 1791-March 1799);
    U.S. Senate (Dec. 1803-June 1804)
    Chairman, Committee on Elections (4th Congress)
    President of the first national bank in Virginia
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1800-1801 Prince Edward Democratic-Republican Courts of Justice (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1801-1802 Prince Edward Democratic-Republican Clerk's Office
Courts of Justice (Chair)
Propositions and Grievances
1802-1803 Prince Edward Democratic-Republican
1803-1804 Prince Edward Democratic-Republican Courts of Justice (1803- Elected to US Senate) (Chair)

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