James Bouldin

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James Wood Bouldin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
In office
March 15, 1834 – March 4, 1839
Preceded byThomas Bouldin
Succeeded byJohn Hill
Chairman of the Committee on the District of Columbia
In office
March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1839
Preceded byWilliam B. Shepard
Succeeded byWilliam C. Johnson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Charlotte County
In office
Alongside Richard J. Gaines
Personal details
Born1792 (1792)
Charlotte County, Virginia
DiedMarch 30, 1854(1854-03-30) (aged 61–62)
"Forest Hill," Charlotte County, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Other political
ProfessionPlanter, lawyer

James Wood Bouldin (1792 – March 30, 1854) was an American U.S. Representative from Virginia, and brother of Thomas Tyler Bouldin.


Born in Charlotte County, Virginia, Bouldin attended the common schools, then studied law. He was admitted to the bar April 12, 1813, and began to practice at Charlotte Court House, Virginia. He served as member of state house of delegates from 1825 to 1826.

Bouldin was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of his brother Thomas Bouldin. He was reelected to the Twenty-fourth Congress, then as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress. He served in Congress from March 15, 1834, to March 3, 1839. He served as chairman of the Committee on District of Columbia (Twenty-fifth Congress), and opposed the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia[1] on the grounds that slaves were "freer, happier, and more intelligent, and more pious" than they would have been as free people in Africa.[1]

Following his departure from Congress, possibly due to alcoholism,[1] he resumed the practice of law and also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died at his country home, "Forest Hill," Charlotte County, Virginia, March 30, 1854. He was interred in the private burial ground on his estate.


  • 1835; Bouldin was re-elected with 58.98% of the vote, defeating Whig Philip A. Bolling.
  • 1837; Bouldin was re-elected unopposed.


  1. ^ a b c "James Wood Bouldin (ca. 1792–1854) – Encyclopedia Virginia". Retrieved July 24, 2022.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by