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Henry Laurens Hopkins

Member From: 1835 - 1863

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  • Birth Date: June 12, 1805 Birth Place:Goochland County, Virginia
  • Death Date: April 13, 1872
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Sarah Amelia Crump (April 30, 1833); Bettie Macon Eaton Fields (1865)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Lawyer
  • Additional Info: ​1836 - 1837 Assembly - William C. Scott was declared unduly elected, and Henry L. Hopkins succeeded him on Feb. 7, 1837. When Hopkins became a member of

    the Council, he was succeeded by Jacob Michaux during the extra session.

    Henry Laurens Hopkins was the 22nd and youngest child of Reverend Charles Hopkins, and the eleventh child of Elizabeth Anderson Hopkins, his second wife.
    His second wife, Bettie Macon Eaton Fields, was a granddaughter or Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina - Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a U.S. Senator.
    Speaker of the House, 1848-1850 *see below for more information
  • Bio: Born in Goochland County, Va., June 12, 1805. Died in Warren County, N. C., April 13, 1872. Buried near Littieton, N. C. Henry L. Hopkins of Powhatan County was the twenty-second and youngest child of the Reverend Charles Hopkins, and the eleventh child of Elizabeth (Anderson) Hopkins, his second wife. He was a member of the House of Delegates, representing Powhatan County, 1835-37, 1841-43, 1848-50, and Petersburg, 1862-63; member of the Council in 1837; Commonwealth”s attorney for Powhatan County; and a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1850-51. He married firstly, April 30, 1833, Sarah Amelia Crump (died September 11, 1849), daughter of Dr. (D. D.) Abner and Amelia (Booker) Crump of Powhatan County, and secondly, in 1865, Mrs. Bettie Macon (Eaton) Fields of Mecklenburg County, daughter of William and Martha P. Eaton of Warren County, N. C. Mrs. Fields was a granddaughter of Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina, Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives and U. S. Senator.

    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerk was GEORGE WYTHE MUNFORD.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Virginia Constitutional Convention: 1850
    Member of Council, 1837
    Commonwealth's Attorney for Powhatan
    delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1835-1836 Powhatan Democrat Courts of Justice
1836-1837 Powhatan
1841-1842 Powhatan Democrat Bonds of Public Officers (Chair)
Privileges and Elections
1842-1843 Powhatan Democrat Courts of Justice (Chair)
1848-1849 Powhatan Speaker of the House
1849-1850 Powhatan Speaker of the House
1861-1863 Petersburg

*The information within this interactive and searchable application has been researched extensively by the House Clerk’s Office. As with any historical records of this age and breadth, there may be discrepancies and/or inconsistencies within records obtained from a variety of credible sources. Any feedback is encouraged at history@house.virginia.gov.

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