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Littleton Waller Tazewell

In office
December 7, 1824– July 16, 1832
Preceded by John Taylor
Succeeded by William C. Rives

Born December 17, 1774(1774-12-17)
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Died June 6, 1860 (aged 85)
Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic-Republican, Democrat
Profession Politician, Lawyer

Littleton Waller Tazewell (December 17, 1774– May 6, 1860) was a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator from and governor of Virginia.

Tazewell, son of Henry Tazewell, was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, where his grandfather Benjamin Waller was a lawyer who taught him Latin.[1] Tazewell was privately tutored by John Wickham and later graduated from the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg in 1791. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1796 and commenced practice in James City County, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1798 to 1800. He was elected to the Sixth United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Marshall and served from November 26, 1800, to March 3, 1801.

He moved to Norfolk, Virginia in 1802. He held public office again in 1804 in the Virginia General Assembly until 1806. He again served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1816 to 1817. He was one of the commissioners of claims under the treaty with Spain ceding Florida in 1821.

Tazewell was elected in 1824 to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John Taylor. He was reelected in 1829, and served from December 7, 1824, to July 16, 1832, when he resigned. While in the Senate, he was President pro tempore of the Senate during the Twenty-second United States Congress and chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. He was Governor of Virginia from 1834 until 1836. He then retired from public life. His principal published work is Review of the Negotiations between the United States and Great Britain Respecting the Commerce of the Two Countries (1829) [1]

Politically, Tazewell was a Jacksonian Republican. he was elected to the U.S. House in 1800 to complete the term in the Sixth Congress when John Marshall resigned. He was senator from 1824 to 1832.

Tazewell died in Norfolk, Virginia, May 6, 1860. He was interred on his estate on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and reinterred in 1866 in Elmwood Cemetery, Norfolk.

Tazewell, Virginia, Tazewell County, Virginia and Tazewell County, Illinois are named in honor of him and his father, as are the cities of Tazewell and New Tazewell, Tennessee.

Tazewell was the maternal grandfather of Littleton Waller Tazewell Bradford (1848-1918), a prominent Virginia politician and a founder of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Marshall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 13th congressional district

November 26, 1800 - March 3, 1801
Succeeded by
John Clopton
United States Senate
Preceded by
John Taylor
United States Senator (Class 2) from Virginia
December 7, 1824 - July 16, 1832
Served alongside: James Barbour, John Randolph,
John Tyler, Jr.
Succeeded by
William C. Rives
Political offices
Preceded by
Samuel Smith
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
July 9, 1832 - July 16, 1832
Succeeded by
Hugh L. White
Preceded by
John Floyd
Governor of Virginia
March 31, 1834 - April 30, 1836
Succeeded by
Wyndham Robertson
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard M. Johnson
William Smith
Democratic Party vice presidential candidate

Succeeded by
George M. Dallas
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Benjamin Tappan
Oldest living U.S. Senator
April 20, 1857 - May 6, 1860
Succeeded by
William Wilkins


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