Abram Trigg

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Abram Trigg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1809
Preceded by Matthew Clay
Succeeded by Daniel Sheffey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1803
Preceded by Francis Preston
Succeeded by David Holmes
Personal details
Born 1750
New London, Virginia
Died Unknown
"Buchanan's Bottom", Montgomery County, Virginia
Resting place "Buchanan’s Bottom," Montgomery County, Virginia
Political party Democratic-Republican
Profession lawyer
Military service
Service/branch Virginia state militia
Rank General
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War

Abram Trigg (1750 – unknown) was an American farmer and politician from Bedford County, Virginia. He fought with the Virginia militia in the Revolutionary War and represented Virginia in the U.S. Congress from 1797 until 1809.

Family life[edit]

Abram was born on his father's farm near New London in Lunenburg County, Virginia. He was one of the eight children of William Trigg (1716–1773) and Mary (Johns) Trigg (1720–1773). His father, William served as a judge in Bedford County (which was formed from part of Lunenburg County in 1754) for many years. His brother, John, would serve with him in congress.


He completed academic studies, studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Montgomery County, Virginia. He lived on his estate, "Buchanan's Bottom," on the New River and held local offices, such as clerk and judge, and various other offices in Montgomery County. He served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant colonel of militia in 1782 and later as general of militia in Virginia.

Trigg was a delegate to the Virginia ratification convention of 1788, and voted with Patrick Henry and the Anti-federalists against ratification of the United States Constitution.[1] He was elected as a Republican to the Fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1809). He died and was buried on the family estate, death date unknown.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1797; Trigg was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1799' Trigg was re-elected with 88.47% of the vote, defeating Federalist William Preston.
  • 1801; Trigg was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1803; Trigg was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1805; Trigg was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1807; Trigg was re-elected defeating Federalist Daniel Sheffey.


  1. ^ Elliot, Jonathan, The Debates in the Several State Conventions on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution... (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1891), 3:665.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Preston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Holmes
Preceded by
Matthew Clay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Daniel Sheffey