John Critcher

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

John Critcher
John Critchery.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Richard S. Ayer
Succeeded by James B. Sener
Member of the Virginia Senate from King George, Westmoreland, Richmond, Northumberland and Lancaster Counties
In office
1874 – 1877
Preceded by Meriwether Lewis
Succeeded by Edwin Betts
Member of the Virginia Senate from Westmoreland, Lancaster, Richmond and Northumberland Counties
In office
1860 – 1861
Preceded by Richard L. T. Beale
Succeeded by George Lewis
Personal details
Born (1820-03-11)March 11, 1820
Oak Grove, Virginia
Died September 27, 1901(1901-09-27) (aged 81)
Alexandria, Virginia
Resting place Ivy Hill Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Other political
Know Nothing (1850s)
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation Attorney
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Confederate States of America Lieutenant Colonel.png Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Critcher (March 11, 1820 – September 27, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born at Oak Grove, Virginia, Critcher attended Brent's Preparatory School. He was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1839, and later pursued higher studies in France for three years. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He served in the State senate 1861 and 1874–1877. He served as member of the State secession convention in 1861. He served as lieutenant colonel of Cavalry in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He was appointed judge of the eighth judicial circuit of Virginia, but was removed under the resolution of Congress dated February 18, 1869, which provided that anyone who had borne arms against the United States should be dismissed from office within thirty days.

Critcher was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-second Congress (March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873). He died in Alexandria, Virginia, September 27, 1901. He was interred in Ivy Hill Cemetery.


  • 1857; Critcher ran on the American Party for he U.S. House of representatives and lost to Democrat Muscoe R.H. Garnett.
  • 1870; Critcher was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard S. Ayer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
James B. Sener

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.