Edward Carrington Venable

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Edward Carrington Venable
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1889 – September 23, 1890
Preceded by William E. Gaines
Succeeded by John M. Langston
Personal details
Born (1853-01-31)January 31, 1853
Prince Edward County, Virginia
Died December 8, 1908(1908-12-08) (aged 55)
Baltimore, Maryland
Resting place Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Virginia
Profession teacher, businessman

Edward Carrington Venable (January 31, 1853 – December 8, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born near Hampden-Sydney, in Prince Edward, Virginia, Venable attended the local school, McCabe's University High School, Petersburg, Virginia, and the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. He taught school for three years, and then returned to Petersburg in 1876 and engaged in mercantile pursuits.

He served as delegate to the Democratic State convention in 1886, and presented credentials as a Democratic Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to September 23, 1890, when he was succeeded by John M. Langston, who successfully contested his election.

After losing reelection, Venable resumed his former business pursuits. He died in Baltimore, Maryland, December 8, 1908 and was interred in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Virginia.

Electoral history[edit]

1888; Venable was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 43.08% of the vote, defeating Republicans John Mercer Langston and R. W. Arnold but the election was contested and Langston was seated.


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

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William E. Gaines
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
John M. Langston