John Lamb (congressman)

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John Lamb
John Lamb.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Tazewell Ellett
Succeeded by Andrew J. Montague
Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Preceded by Charles F. Scott
Succeeded by Asbury F. Lever
Personal details
Born June 12, 1840
Sussex County, Virginia
Died November 21, 1924(1924-11-21) (aged 84)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting place Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Profession businessman, politician
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate Army
Unit Company D, 3rd Virginia Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War

John Lamb (June 12, 1840 – November 21, 1924) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

Born in Sussex County, Virginia, Lamb attended a private school. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate States Army, Company D, Third Virginia Cavalry, and commanded his company for three years.

After the war, Lamb engaged in mercantile pursuits as well as serving as sheriff, treasurer, and surveyor of Charles City County. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913), where he served as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Sixty-second Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.

After leaving Congress, Lamb served as the superintendent of Battle Abbey, a Confederate memorial institute in Richmond, Virginia, where he died on November 21, 1924. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1896; Lamb was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.54% of the vote, defeating Republican L.L. Lewis, Independent Republicans Elisha L. Lewis, William H. Lewis, and John Mitchell, and Progressive James O. Atwood.
  • 1898; Lamb was re-elected with 69.14% of the vote, defeating Republicans Otis H. Russell and Benjamin B. Wiesiger and Independents John J. Quantz and Allie Dillard.
  • 1900; Lamb was re-elected with 65.63% of the vote, defeating Republican Edgar Allen and Independent John Laub.
  • 1902; Lamb was re-elected with 81.08% of the vote, defeating Republicans B.W. Edwards and William E. Talley, Socialist Labor Quantz, Socialist T.A. Hollins, and Independent Republican Phillip Harris.
  • 1904; Lamb was re-elected with 78.01% of the vote, defeating Republican Allen, Independent Republican George A. Harrison, Independent J.B. Johnson, Socialist Labor H. Adolph Muller, and Socialist John Catrell.
  • 1906; Lamb was re-elected with 82.17% of the vote, defeating Republican G.H. Hanson, Independent Johnson, and Socialist Hollins.
  • 1908; Lamb was re-elected with 77.24% of the vote, defeating Republican J.G. Luce and Socialist Hollins.
  • 1910; Lamb was re-elected with 84.84% of the vote, defeating Republican W.R. Vawter, Socialist D.D. Harrison, and Socialist Labor Hollins.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles F. Scott
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
1911–1913
Succeeded by
Andrew J. Montague
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tazewell Ellett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

1897–1913
Succeeded by
Andrew J. Montague