Edward Carrington Cabell

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Edward Carrington Cabell

Edward Carrington Cabell (February 5, 1816 – February 28, 1896) was the first US Representative from Florida.

Born in Richmond, Virginia; attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Virginia in 1832 and 1833 and Reynolds' Classical Academy in 1833 and 1834; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, Virginia in 1836; moved to Florida in 1837 and engaged in agricultural pursuits near Tallahassee, Florida; delegate to the Territorial convention to form a State constitution in 1838; returned to Virginia; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1840; returned to Tallahassee, Fla.; upon the admission of Florida as a State into the Union presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Twenty-ninth United States Congress and served from October 6, 1845, to January 24, 1846, when he was succeeded by William H. Brockenbrough, who contested the election; elected as a Whig to the Thirtieth, Thirty-first, and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853); chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings (Thirtieth-Congress); unsuccessful candidate in 1852 for reelection to the Thirty-third Congress; resumed the practice of law in Tallahassee; moved to St. Louis, Missouri in 1859, In May–June 1861 served as Missouri Governor C. F. Jackson's secret Commissioner (Ambassador) to the Confederate Government. Subsequently, during the American Civil War served in the Confederate Army with rank of lieutenant colonel; engaged in the practice of law in New York City 1868-1872, and subsequently in St. Louis, Mo.; member of the State senate of Missouri 1878-1882; died in St. Louis, Mo.; interment in Bellefontaine Cemetery.

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
none
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's at-large congressional district

October 6, 1845 – January 24, 1846
Succeeded by
William H. Brockenbrough
Preceded by
William H. Brockenbrough
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's at-large congressional district

March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
Augustus Maxwell