John Millson

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John Singleton Millson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1861
Preceded by Richard K. Meade
Succeeded by James H. Platt, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Archibald Atkinson
Succeeded by Thomas H. Bayly
Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Loren P. Waldo
Succeeded by William Montgomery Churchwell
Personal details
Born (1808-10-01)October 1, 1808
Norfolk, Virginia
Died March 1, 1874(1874-03-01) (aged 65)
Norfolk, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Occupation Attorney

John Singleton Millson (October 1, 1808 – March 1, 1874) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.


Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Millson pursued an academic course. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1829 and commenced practice in Norfolk.

Millson was elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-first and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1861). He served as chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Thirty-second Congress). He resumed the practice of law. He died in Norfolk, Virginia, March 1, 1874. He was interred in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1849; Millson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 51.67% of the vote, defeating a Whig identified only as Watts.
  • 1851; Millson was re-elected with 59.58% of the vote, defeating Whig Leopold C.P. Cowper.
  • 1853; Millson was re-elected with 56.68% of the vote, defeating Whig Johnathan R. Chambliss and Independent Democrat William D. Roberts.
  • 1855; Millson was re-elected with 53.29% of the vote, defeating American Party Watts.
  • 1857; Millson was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1859; Millson was re-elected with 61.46% of the vote, defeating Independents identified only as Pretlow, Chandler, and Sykes.


 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Archibald Atkinson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Thomas H. Bayly
Preceded by
Richard K. Meade
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
James H. Platt, Jr.
Political offices
Preceded by
Loren P. Waldo
Chairman of House Revolutionary Pensions Committee
Succeeded by
William Montgomery Churchwell