Archibald Atkinson

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Archibald Atkinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849
Preceded by Francis Mallory
Succeeded by John Millson
Member of the Virginia Senate from Isle of Wight, Prince George, Southampton, Surry and Sussex Counties
In office
1839–1843
Preceded by Joel Holleman
Succeeded by William Spark
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Isle of Wight County
In office
1828–1830
Preceded by John Chapman
Succeeded by James Jordon
In office
1815–1816
Alongside John Lawrence
Personal details
Born (1792-09-15)September 15, 1792
Isle of Wight County, Virginia
Died January 7, 1872(1872-01-07) (aged 79)
Smithfield, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Profession lawyer, legislator
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Battles/wars War of 1812

Archibald Atkinson (September 15, 1792 – January 7, 1872) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

Born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Atkinson received a liberal education. He attended the law department of the College of William & Mary (now the Marshall-Wythe School of Law), Williamsburg, Virginia. He served during the War of 1812. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Smithfield, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates 1815–1817 and 1828–1831, and served in the Virginia Senate 1839–1843.

Atkinson was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress. He served as prosecuting attorney for Isle of Wight County. He died in Smithfield, Virginia, on January 7, 1872. He was interred in the graveyard of Old St. Luke's Church, four miles southeast of Smithfield.

Elections[edit]

  • 1841; Atkinson lost his first election for the U.S. House of Representatives; he was defeated by Whig Francis Mallory, winning only 11.26% of the vote.
  • 1843; Atkinson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.07% of the vote, defeating Whig James E. Langhorne.
  • 1845; Atkinson was re-elected with 55.9% of the vote, defeating Whig R.H. Whitfield.
  • 1847; Atkinson was re-elected with 50.82% of the vote, defeating Whig Samuel Watts.

Sources[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.

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

1843–1849
Succeeded by
John S. Millson