Cuthbert Powell

Cuthbert Powell ( born March 4, 1775 in Alexandria, Virginia; † May 8, 1849 in Loudoun County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1841 and 1843 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Cuthbert Powell was the son of Congressman Leven Powell ( 1737-1810 ). He attended the common schools. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he started working in Alexandria in this profession. In the meantime, he also served as mayor of his hometown. Later he moved to the Loudoun County, where he worked in agriculture. In his new home he also held various local offices. At the same time he embarked on a political career. Between 1815 and 1819 he was a member of the Senate of Virginia; in 1828 and 1829, he sat in the House of Representatives of his State.

Powell was a member of the Whig party. In the congressional elections of 1840 he was in the 14th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John Winston Jones on March 4, 1841. Until March 3, 1843, he was able to complete a term in Congress. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Cuthbert Powell again worked in agriculture on his estate Llangollen in Loudoun County. There he is on May 8, 1849 and passed away.