SEDDON, James Alexander, a Representative from Virginia; born in Falmouth, Va., July 13,
1815; studied under private tutors and was graduated from the law department of
the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1835; was admitted to the bar
about 1838 and commenced practice in Richmond, Va.; elected as a Democrat to
the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); declined to be a
candidate for renomination in 1846; elected to the Thirty-first Congress (March
4, 1849-March 3, 1851); declined to be a candidate for renomination; member of
the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise
means to prevent the impending war; delegate from Virginia to the Provisional
Confederate Congress at Richmond, Va., in July 1861; appointed Secretary of War
in the Cabinet of the Confederate States on November 20, 1862; retired in
January 1865; died at Sabot Hill, Goochland County, Va., August 19, 1880;
interment in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
BibliographyCurry, Roy W. James A. Seddon, A Southern Prototype.
Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 63 (April 1955):
123-50; OBrien, Gerald F.J. James A. Seddon, Statesman of the Old South.
Ph.D. diss., University of Maryland, 1963.