Nathaniel Claiborne

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Nathaniel Clabiborne
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by Jabez Leftwich
Succeeded by Archibald Stuart
Chairman of the Committee on Elections
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1837
Preceded by Willis Alston
Succeeded by Andrew Buchanan
Member of the Virginia Senate from Franklin, Patrick, Henry and Pittsylvania Counties
In office
Preceded by George Hairston, Jr.
Succeeded by Joseph Martin, Jr.
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Franklin County
In office
1810 – 1811
Alongside Fleming Saunders and Silas Garrett
Personal details
Born November 14, 1777
Chesterfield, Virginia
Died August 15, 1859(1859-08-15) (aged 81)
Rocky Mount, Virginia
Political party Anti-Jacksonian (after 1835)
Other political
Jacksonian (before 1835)
Occupation planter

Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne (November 14, 1777 – August 15, 1859) was a nineteenth-century politician from Virginia. He was the brother of William Charles Cole Claiborne, the nephew of Thomas Claiborne, the uncle of John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne and the great-great-great granduncle of Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs and Claiborne de Borda Pell. He was a descendant of Colonel William Claiborne (1600–1677), who was born in Crayford, Kent, England and settled in the Colony of Virginia.[1]


Born in Chesterfield, Virginia, Claiborne was schooled at a local academy as a child. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1810 to 1812. Claiborne also served in the Virginia State Senate from 1821 to 1825 and was an executive councilor before being elected a Jacksonian and Anti-Jacksonian to the United States House of Representatives in 1824, serving from 1825 to 1837. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Elections from 1831 to 1837. After being unsuccessful for reelection in 1836, Claiborne resumed agricultural pursuits until his death on August 15, 1859 near Rocky Mount, Virginia. He was interred in the family cemetery at his estate called "Claibrook" near Rocky Mount.


  • 1825; Claiborne was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1827; Claiborne was re-elected with 67.71% of the vote, defeating Independent William Campbell.
  • 1829; Claiborne was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1831; Claiborne was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1833; Claiborne was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1835; Claiborne was re-elected with 51.31% of the vote, defeating Democrat Alexander H.H. Stuart.
  • 1837; Claiborne lost his re-election bid.


  1. ^ "Col. William C. Claiborne". Geni. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jabez Leftwich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1825 – March 3, 1837
Succeeded by
Archibald Stuart