Alexander Holladay

Alexander Richmond Holladay (* September 18 1811 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia; † 29 January 1877 in Richmond, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1849 and 1853 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Alexander Holladay attended the common schools and later studied at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In his homeland, he also held several local offices. From 1845 to 1847 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia.

In the congressional elections of 1848, Holladay was the sixth election district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Botts on March 4, 1848. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1853 two legislative sessions. From 1849 to 1851 he was chairman of the committee responsible for supervising the expenditure of the Navy Department. His time as a congressman was dominated by discussions about slavery prior to the Civil War. In 1852, he renounced a new Congress candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Alexander Holladay practiced in Richmond as a lawyer. Between 1857 and 1861 he headed the Staatsauschuss of Public Works (Virginia Board of Public Works ). He died on January 29, 1877 in Richmond.