Elliott M. Braxton

Elliott Muse Braxton ( born October 8, 1823 in Mathews, Mathews County, Virginia; † October 2, 1891 in Fredericksburg, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1871 and 1873 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Elliott Braxton attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent law degree in 1849 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started working in Richmond in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. Between 1852 and 1856 he sat in the Senate of Virginia. In 1860 he moved his residence and his law firm to Fredericksburg. During the Civil War Braxton put together a company for the army of the Confederacy, which he himself commanded. Later he became one as a Major on the staff of General John Rogers Cooke. After the war he became in 1866 a member of the City Council of Fredericksburg year.

In the congressional elections of 1870, Braxton was in the seventh election district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Lewis McKenzie on March 4, 1871. Since he has not been confirmed in 1872, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1873. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Elliott Braxton practiced again as a lawyer in Fredericksburg, where he died on 2 October 1891.