James Ervin (politician)

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James Ervin
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Marlboro District
In office
November 27, 1826 – December 18, 1829
Preceded by Charles Irby
Succeeded by Robert B. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded by Benjamin Huger
Succeeded by Thomas R. Mitchell
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Marion District
In office
November 26, 1810 – August 29, 1812
In office
November 24, 1800 – December 15, 1805
Personal details
Born (1778-10-17)October 17, 1778
Williamsburg District, South Carolina
Died July 7, 1841(1841-07-07) (aged 62)
Darlington, South Carolina
Political party Democratic-Republican
Alma mater Rhode Island College
Profession planter, lawyer, politician

James Ervin (October 17, 1778 – July 7, 1841) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

Early life[edit]

Born in Williamsburg District, Ervin was graduated from Rhode Island College (now Brown University), in 1797. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1800. He commenced practice in the Pee Dee.


He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1800–1804 and from 1810-1811. He then served as solicitor of the northern judicial circuit 1804–1816. He was a trustee of South Carolina College from 1809–1817.

Ervin was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and reelected to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1820.

After his tenure in Congress, he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He later served as member of the State senate from 1826-1829. He was a delegate to the State convention in 1832.

He died in Darlington, South Carolina, July 7, 1841 and was interred at his home.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Benjamin Huger
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas R. Mitchell

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