Abraham Watkins Venable

Abraham Watkins Venable ( born October 17, 1799 in Springfield, Fairfax County, Virginia; † February 24, 1876 in Oxford, North Carolina ) was an American politician (Democratic Party), of the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the Konföderiertenkongress represented. His uncle Abraham Bedford Venable sat from 1803 to 1804 for Virginia in the U.S. Senate.

Abraham Venable graduated in 1816 in Hampden Sydney College and studied medicine after two years, before he turned to the law. In 1819 he graduated at Princeton; two years later he was admitted to the bar, after which he practiced law in Prince Edward County and Mecklenburg County, before he moved in 1829 to North Carolina.

There he began to engage in political activities. 1846 Venable was in the House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he remained after multiple re-election until 1853; in 1852 he was not nominated by his party again. In 1860, he belonged to the Electoral College, and agreed there for the candidates of the Southern Democrats, John C. Breckinridge, and its running mate Joseph Lane; However, the Republican Abraham Lincoln was elected as the new U.S. president.

When North Carolina seceded in the wake of the Union and joined the Confederate States, Venable was appointed as a delegate to the Provisional Congress; then he sat from 1862 to 1864 in the House of Representatives of the first Konföderiertenkongresses. After the Civil War, Venable was no longer politically active.