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Abraham Watkins Venable (October 17, 1799 – February 24, 1876) was a nineteenth century US politician and lawyer from North Carolina. He was the nephew of congressman and senator Abraham Bedford Venable.


Born in Springfield, Virginia, he graduated from Hampden-Sydney College. He studied medicine for two years before turning to law. He later graduated from Princeton University in 1819 and was admitted to the bar in 1821. He practiced law in Virginia in both Prince Edward and Mecklenburg counties until 1829 when he moved to North Carolina. He later got involved politics and was elected to the thirtieth congress as a Democrat, serving from 1847 to 1853, unsuccessful for reeletion in 1852. He was a presidential elector in the 1860 presidential election on the Democratic ticket for John C. Breckinridge and Joseph Lane. When his state succeeded from the Union, he went with it to the Confederacy and was elected to the Provisional Confederate Congress. He was later elected to the first Confederate congress, serving from 1862 to 1864. He died in Oxford, North Carolina in 1876 and was interred at Shiloh Presbyterian Churchyard in Granville County, North Carolina.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James C. Dobbin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from North Carolina's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1847 – March 3, 1853
Succeeded by
John Kerr, Jr.
Confederate States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Representative to the Provisional Confederate Congress from North Carolina
Succeeded by


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