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Samuel Jordan Cabell

Member From: 1785 - 1792

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  • Birth Date: December 15, 1756 Birth Place:Albemarle (now Nelson) County, Virginia
  • Death Date: August 4, 1818
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian, English
  • Spouse: Sarah Syme (1760 - 1814) marriage date 1781
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  • Education: College of William & Mary , left College in 1776
  • Military Service: Captain of the Amherst County Volunteers assigned to the 6th Virginia Regiment. For gallantry at the Battle of Saratoga was promoted to Major , serving in Washington’s army in 1778 and 1779, eventually rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was captured at the Battle of Charleston (SC) on May 12, 1780; 1778 - 1779 - Lt. Colonel in Washington's Army; Captured by British in Charleston 5/12/1780
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  • Additional Info: From Jan 1796 to Mar 1803, Cabell missed 168 of 476 roll call votes, which is 35.3%. This is much worse than the median of 17.7% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Mar 1803.
  • Bio: CABELL, Samuel Jordan, a Representative from Virginia; born in Albemarle (now Nelson) County, Va., December 15, 1756; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; left school to enter the Revolutionary Army; appointed captain of Amherst County Volunteers in 1776; assigned to the Sixth Virginia Regiment; promoted to the rank of major for gallantry at Saratoga in 1777; served in Washington’s army in 1778 and 1779 and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel; was taken prisoner by the British May 12, 1780, at the capture of Charleston; after the war returned to Virginia and engaged in planting; member of the State house of delegates 1785-1792; member of ratification convention in 1788; elected as a Republican to the Fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1803); was not a candidate for reelection in 1802; died on his estate “Soldiers’ Joy,” near New Market (now Norwood), Nelson County, Va., August 4, 1818; interment in the family burying ground on his farm near Norwood, Va.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Member, U.S. House of Representatives (March 4, 1795 - March 3, 1803)
    Virginia Convention of 1788 - Served as a member of the convention which met in Richmond in June of 1788 to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1785-1786 Amherst Republican Claims
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1786-1787 Amherst Republican
1787-1788 Amherst Republican Propositions and Grievances
1788 Amherst Republican Claims
Propositions and Grievances
1789 Amherst Republican Privileges & Elections
1790 Amherst Republican
1791 Amherst Republican
1792 Amherst Republican Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances

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