Francis E. Rives

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Francis Everod Rives
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1841
Preceded by John Y. Mason
Succeeded by George B. Cary
Member of the Virginia Senate from Amelia, Powhatan and Chesterfield Counties and the City of Petersburg
In office
Preceded by James Cox
Succeeded by District abolished
Member of the Virginia Senate from Isle of Wight, Prince George, Southampton, Surry and Sussex Counties
In office
Preceded by John Y. Mason
Succeeded by Joel Holleman
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Prince George County
In office
Alongside Nathaniel Colley, James Temple, Allen Temple, George Harrison
Preceded by Multi-member district before 1830
Succeeded by William Shands
Personal details
Born (1792-01-14)January 14, 1792
Prince George County, Virginia
Died December 26, 1861(1861-12-26) (aged 69)
Petersburg, Virginia
Resting place Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Occupation planter, businessman

Francis Everod Rives (January 14, 1792 – December 26, 1861) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Prince George County, near Petersburg, Virginia, Rives completed preparatory studies. He engaged in planting and in the building and management of railways in Virginia and North Carolina. He served as member of the State house of delegates from 1821 to 1831. He served in the State senate from 1831 to 1836 from 1848 to 1851.

Rives was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837 – March 3, 1841). He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections (Twenty-sixth Congress). He declined to be a candidate for renomination. He served as mayor of Petersburg from May 6, 1847, to May 5, 1848. He died in Petersburg, December 26, 1861. He was interred in Blandford Cemetery.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1837; Rives was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 80.61% of the vote, defeating fellow Democrat William B. Goodwyn.
  • 1839; Rives was re-elected with 57.6% of the vote, defeating Whig James W. Pegram.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Y. Mason
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
George B. Cary