Allen T. Caperton
|United States Senator
from West Virginia
March 4, 1875 – July 26, 1876
|Preceded by||Arthur Boreman|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Price|
|Confederate States Senator
January 22, 1864 – May 10, 1865
|Preceded by||William Preston|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
November 21, 1810|
Union, Monroe County, West Virginia, US
(now West Virginia)
|Died||July 26, 1876
Washington, D.C., US
|Alma mater||University of Virginia
Allen Taylor Caperton (November 21, 1810 – July 26, 1876) was an American politician who was a United States Senator from the State of West Virginia in 1875–1876. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He had served in the Virginia House of Delegates and Virginia State Senate before the American Civil War. During the Civil War, he served as a Confederate States Senator.
Caperton, son of Hugh Caperton and Jane Erskine, was born near Union, Monroe County, West Virginia (now West Virginia) on November 21, 1810. At the age of 14, he traveled by horseback to Huntsville, Alabama, to attend school. He later graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, then graduated from Yale College in 1832. He studied law in Staunton, Virginia, was admitted to the bar and practiced law. He was married to Harriett Echols.
Caperton served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1841-1842. He was elected a member of the Virginia Senate in 1844, and served until 1848. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates again from 1857 to 1861. In 1850 he was a delegate to the State constitutional convention. In 1861, he was a member of the Virginia Secession Convention.
During the Civil War, he was elected by the legislature of Virginia to be a member of the Confederate States Senate in which he served until 1865.
After the war, he was the first ex-Confederate elected to the United States Senate, entering office as a Democrat from West Virginia and served from March 4, 1875, until his death in Washington, D.C., July 26, 1876. He was interred in Green Hill Cemetery, Union, West Virginia.
- Allen T. Caperton at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-03-23
|Confederate States Senate|
|Confederate States Senator (Class 2) from Virginia
Served alongside: Robert Hunter
|United States Senate|
|United States Senator (Class 1) from West Virginia
Served alongside: Henry Davis
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