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John Clopton (February 7, 1756 – September 11, 1816) was a United States Representative from Virginia. Born in St. Peter's Parish (near Tunstall, Virginia), he graduated from the College of Philadelphia (now the University of Pennsylvania) in 1776. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and practiced. He served as first lieutenant and as captain in the Virginia militia during the American Revolutionary War, and was wounded at the Battle of Brandywine.

Clopton was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1789 to 1791, and was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses, serving from March 4, 1795 to March 3, 1799. He was a member of the Virginia privy council from 1799 to 1801, and was elected to the Seventh and to the seven succeeding Congresses; during the Tenth Congress he was chairman of the Committee on Revisal and Unfinished Business. He served from March 4, 1801 until his death near Tunstall; interment was in the family burying ground on his plantation. Future President John Tyler was elected to fill the vacancy caused by Clopton's death.



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