James Trezvant

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James Trezvant
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by Arthur Smith
Succeeded by John Y. Mason
Chairman of the Committee on Military Pensions
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1831
Preceded by James Coffield Mitchell
Succeeded by Position abolished
Member of the Virginia Senate from Dinwiddie, Southampton and Sussex Counties
In office
Preceded by John Pegram
Succeeded by Joseph Goodwyn
Member of the Virginia House of Representatives from Southampton County
In office
Alongside Edward Bailey
Personal details
Born Unknown
Sussex County, Virginia
Died September 2, 1841
Southampton County, Virginia
Political party Jacksonian (after 1829)
Other political
Democratic-Republican (before 1829)
Occupation lawyer

James Trezvant (died September 2, 1841) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Sussex County, Virginia, Trezvant studied law after college. He was admitted to the bar and began practicing law in Jerusalem, Virginia, eventually rising to position of attorney general in the state. In 1820, Trezvant served as delegate to the State constitutional convention, and subsequently served in the State house of delegates.

He was elected to the Nineteenth and Twentieth Congresses and as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress (March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1831). He served as chairman of the Committee on Military Pensions during the Twenty-first Congress.

Trezvant served in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830 from Southampton County in a district composed of Sussex, Surry, Isle of Wight, Prince George, and Greensville Counties. He served on the Committee of the Executive Department.[1]

He was one of the judges in Southampton County in the trials of the people involved in the Nat Turner rebellion.[2] He died in Southampton County, Virginia on September 2, 1841.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1825; Trezvant was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1827; Trezvant was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1829; Trezvant was re-elected unopposed.


  1. ^ Pulliam 1901, p. 68, 71
  2. ^ Alfred L. Brophy, "The Nat Turner Trials", North Carolina Law Review (June 2013), volume 91: 1817-80.


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

Succeeded by
John Y. Mason
Political offices
Preceded by
James Coffield Mitchell
Chairman of House Military Pensions Committee
Succeeded by
Position abolished