James Stephenson (congressman)

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James Stephenson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 16th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded by John Randolph
Succeeded by John Randolph
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
October 28, 1822 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by Thomas Van Swearingen
Succeeded by Arthur Smith
In office
March 4, 1809 – March 3, 1811
Preceded by John Morrow
Succeeded by John Baker
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1805
Preceded by David Holmes
Succeeded by John Morrow
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Berkeley County
In office
1806
Alongside Philip C. Pendleton
In office
1800–1802
Alongside Alexander White, Joseph Crane
Personal details
Born (1764-03-20)March 20, 1764
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Died August 7, 1833(1833-08-07) (aged 69)
Martinsburg, Virginia
Political party Federalist
Occupation lawyer
Military service
Service/branch Virginia militia
Rank Brigade Inspector
Battles/wars Northwest Indian War
St. Clair's Defeat

James Stephenson (March 20, 1764 – August 7, 1833) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

Born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, Stephenson moved to Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia). Volunteer rifleman under General St. Clair in his Indian expedition in 1791. Brigade inspector. He served as member of the state house of delegates in 1800–1803.

Stephenson was elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1805) with 53.57% of the vote, defeating Democratic-Republican Osburn Sprigg. He was again a member of the state house of delegates in 1806 and 1807.

Stephenson was elected as Federalist to the Eleventh Congress (March 4, 1809 – March 3, 1811) with 57.59% of the vote, defeating Democratic-Republican John Marrow.

Stephenson was elected as a Federalist to the Seventeenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Thomas Van Swearingen. He was reelected as a Crawford Federalist to the Eighteenth Congress and served from October 28, 1822, to March 3, 1825. He died in Martinsburg, Virginia (now West Virginia), August 7, 1833.

Sources[edit]

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

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
David Holmes
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1803–1805
Succeeded by
John Morrow
Preceded by
John Morrow
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1809–1811
Succeeded by
John Baker
Preceded by
Thomas Van Swearingen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1822–1823
Succeeded by
Arthur Smith
Preceded by
John Randolph
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 16th congressional district

1823–1825
Succeeded by
John Randolph