Edwin Gray

Edwin Gray ( born July 18, 1743 Southampton County, Virginia; † in Nansemond County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1799 and 1813 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Edwin Gray grew up during the British colonial period. He attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. Even before the American Revolution, he began a political career. Between 1769 and 1775 he was a member of the colonial House of Burgesses. He joined the independence movement and was in the years 1774, 1775 and 1776 Member of State meetings in Virginia, was on which advise on policy development. Between 1776 and 1791 he sat five times in the House of Virginia; in the years 1777-1779 he was a member of the State Senate. End of the 1790s he joined, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1798 Gray was elected the tenth electoral district of Virginia in the time which meets even in Philadelphia U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of Carter Bassett Harrison on March 4, 1799. After six re- election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1813 seven legislative sessions. Since 1803 he represented there as the successor of John Taliaferro the 19th district of his state. In 1800, the new federal capital, Washington DC was related. During his time as a congressman, the territory of the United States has been considerably enlarged in 1803 by the investments made by President Jefferson Louisiana Purchase. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, the trace of Edwin Gray loses. The sources mention only that he died in the former Nansemond County, which today corresponds to most of the city of Suffolk.