|5th President pro tempore of the United States Senate|
February 20, 1795 – December 8, 1795
|Preceded by||Ralph Izard|
|Succeeded by||Samuel Livermore|
|United States Senator
December 29, 1794 – January 24, 1799
|Preceded by||John Taylor|
|Succeeded by||Wilson C. Nicholas|
November 27, 1753|
Brunswick County, Virginia
|Died||January 24, 1799
|Spouse(s)||Dorothea Elizabeth Waller Tazewell|
|Children||Littleton Waller Tazewell
Sophia Ann Tazewell
|Alma mater||The College of William & Mary|
|Occupation||Lawyer, Politician, Judge|
Born in Brunswick County, Virginia, Tazewell was the son of Littleton and Mary Gray Tazewell. He attended the rural schools, then graduated from the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1770. He married Dorothea Elizabeth Waller on January 13, 1774. The couple were the parents of Littleton Waller Tazewell, who became senator and governor of Virginia; and a daughter, Sophia Ann.
A member of the House of Burgesses in 1775, Tazewell was also delegate to the Fourth Virginia Convention of 1775 and the Fifth Virginia Convention of 1776 that wrote the state constitution. From 1778 to 1785 he was member of General Assembly.
In 1785, Tazewell became judge of the Virginia General Court, and was elevated to Chief Justice of that court, serving in that capacity from 1789 to 1793. He also served as a judge on the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (later renamed the Virginia Supreme Court) in 1793.
In 1794, Tazewell was elected into the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Taylor. Reelected in 1798, he served from December 29, 1794, until his death. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1795.
Tazewell died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 24, 1799 and is interred at Christ Church Burial Ground. Tazewell County, Virginia, Tazewell, Virginia, Tazewell, Tennessee, and possibly Tazewell County, Illinois are named after him.
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- United States Congress. "Henry Tazewell (id: T000107)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Henry Tazewell at Find a Grave
|United States Senate|
|U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Virginia
Served alongside: Stevens T. Mason
Wilson C. Nicholas
|President pro tempore of the United States Senate