Archibald Atkinson

Archibald Atkinson ( born September 15, 1792 Isle of Wight County, Virginia; † January 7, 1872 in Smithfield, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1849 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Archibald Atkinson received a good education. After a subsequent study of law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, and his admission to the bar he began in Smithfield to work in this profession. He also participated as a soldier in the British -American War of 1812. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1815 and 1817, and again from 1828 to 1831 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. From 1839 to 1843 he was a member of the State Senate. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1842 Atkinson was the first electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Francis Mallory on March 4, 1843. After two re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1849 three legislative periods. These were shaped by the events of the Mexican-American war since 1845. In 1848, Atkinson gave up another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he served as a prosecutor in Isle of Wight County. He died on 7 January 1872 in Smithfield.