Abraham B. Venable

U.S. Congressperson

1758 – 1811

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Who was Abraham B. Venable?

Abraham Bedford Venable was a representative and senator from Virginia. He was the uncle of congressman Abraham Watkins Venable.

Born on "State Hill", a farm in what is now Worsham, Prince Edward County, Virginia, Venable attended Hampden-Sydney College and later graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1780. He worked as a planter and studied law in his hometown, eventually being admitted to the bar in 1784. He started practice at the Prince Edward Court House in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He later got involved in politics and was elected to the second congress, serving from 1791 to 1799. He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections in the fourth congress. He was later elected to the senate to fill a vacancy, serving from 1803 to 1804 when he resigned to become president of Bank of Virginia. He died in 1811 in a theater fire in Richmond, Virginia. His ashes were placed under a rock at Monumental Church in Richmond with the ashes of other victims of the fire including Virginia Governor George William Smith.

His family included his nephew Abraham Watkins Venable.

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Born
Nov 20, 1758
Prince Edward County
Also known as
  • Abraham Venable
  • Abraham Bedford Venable
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Princeton University
Died
Dec 26, 1811
Richmond

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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