Jabez Leftwich

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Jabez Leftwich
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives from Madison County
In office
August 1, 1836 – August 7, 1837
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 14th district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded byWilliam A. Burwell
Succeeded byCharles F. Mercer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded byWilliam Smith
Succeeded byNathaniel Claiborne
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Bedford County
In office
Alongside Isaac Otey and Samuel Hancock
Personal details
BornSeptember 22, 1765
Bedford County, Virginia
DiedJune 22, 1855(1855-06-22) (aged 89)
Huntsville, Alabama
Resting placeMaple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, Alabama
Political partyJacksonian
Other political
Military service
Branch/serviceVirginia militia
RankBrigadier General
Battles/warsWar of 1812

Jabez Leftwich (September 22, 1765 – June 22, 1855) was an American politician who served the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives between 1821 and 1825.


Leftwich was born in Bedford County, Virginia near Liberty (now Bedford) on September 22, 1765. Between 1801 and 1809, he served as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. He served as inspector general with the rank of colonel on the staff of his brother, General Joel Leftwich, during the War of 1812. Leftwich was elected in 1820 as a Democratic-Republican representative to the 17th United States Congress and was reelected in 1822 as a Crawford Democratic-Republican representative to the 18th United States Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1824, and after the expiration of his term in 1825 moved to Madison County, Alabama, where he was a farmer and merchant. In his later years, he served in the Alabama House of Representatives. Leftwich died near Huntsville, Alabama on June 22, 1855, and was buried in Maple Hill Cemetery in Huntsville.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1823; Leftwich was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 56.12% of the vote, defeating fellow Democratic-Republican Nathaniel H. Claiborne.


  • United States Congress. "Jabez Leftwich (id: L000216)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William A. Burwell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles F. Mercer
Preceded by
William Smith
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
Nathaniel Claiborne