Paulus Powell

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Paulus Powell
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Amherst County
In office
1863–1865
Alongside Henry E. Smith
In office
1843–1847
Preceded by James Powell
Succeeded by William Dillard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1859
Preceded by John Caskie
Succeeded by Shelton Leake
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by William L. Goggin
Succeeded by Thomas S. Bocock
Personal details
Born 1809
Amherst County, Virginia
Died June 10, 1874 (aged 64–65)
Amherst, Virginia
Resting place "Kenmore," Amherst, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Profession Planter, lawyer, judge

Paulus Powell (1809 – June 10, 1874) was a nineteenth-century politician from Virginia.

Biography[edit]

Born in Amherst County, Virginia, Powell attended private schools as a child and went on to attend Amherst College. He held several local offices and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1843 to 1849. He was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1848, serving from 1849 to 1859. After being unsuccessful for reelection in 1858, he returned to the House of Delegates in 1863 and 1864. Powell died in Amherst, Virginia on June 10, 1874 and was interred in the family cemetery on his brother-in-law's estate called "Kenmore" near Amherst.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1849; Powell was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.87% of the vote, defeating Whig William Leftwich Goggin.
  • 1851; Powell was re-elected with 51.46% of the vote, defeating Whig Goggin.
  • 1853; Powell was re-elected with 52.49% of the vote, defeating Whig Alexander Mosely.
  • 1855; Powell was re-elected with 56.68% of the vote, defeating an American identified only as Ligon.
  • 1857; Powell was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1859; Powell lost his bid for re-election.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William L. Goggin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
Thomas S. Bocock
Preceded by
John Caskie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

March 4, 1853 – March 3, 1859
Succeeded by
Shelton Leake