Edward Colston (U.S. Representative)

Edward Colston (* December 25, 1786 at Winchester, Virginia, † April 23, 1852 in Berkeley County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1817 and 1819 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edward Colston initially enjoyed a private school education. Then he studied until 1806 at the Princeton College. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Federalist Party, a political career. Between 1812 and 1835 he was several times in the House of Representatives from Virginia. He also took part in the British -American War of 1812.

In the congressional elections of 1816 Colston was in the second electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Magnus Tate on March 4, 1817. Until March 3, 1819, he was able to complete a term in Congress. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives sat Colston his political career continued at the local level. From 1833 to 1835 he was again a member of the State Parliament; in the years 1844 and 1845 he served as High Sheriff in Berkeley County in present-day West Virginia. He died on April 23, 1852 at his estate Honeywood, where he was also buried.