James Pleasants Jr. ( born October 24, 1769 Powhatan County, Virginia; † November 9, 1836 in Goochland, Virginia ) was an American politician and from 1822 to 1825 Governor of Virginia. He also represented his country in both chambers of the U.S. Congress.
Early years and political rise
James Pleasants attended the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession in 1791 in Amelia County. Politically, he was a member of the founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1797 and 1802 he was a member of the House of Representatives from Virginia, from 1803 to 1811 he was the Secretary of the Board.
Pleasants in Congress
Between 4 March 1811 and the December 14, 1819 was James Pleasants deputy in the House of Representatives of the United States. He was temporarily Chairman of the Committee for the control of public expenditure and was a member of the committee that controlled the expenditure of the Navy Department. Following the resignation of John Wayles Eppes Pleasants was elected his successor as U.S. Senator. He then resigned his seat in the House of Representatives. Between 14 December 1819 and 15 December 1822, he remained in the Senate. He was chairman of the Committee on Maritime Affairs. After he was elected by the legislature of Virginia to the new governor, he resigned as senator.
Governor of Virginia and other CV
James Pleasants took up his new post on December 11, 1822 and could exercise after two re- elections in 1823 and 1824 to 11 December 1825. As governor he promoted the formation and education for children from poorer segments of society. He also improved the prison system in his state. In the area of slavery, he advocated the establishment of slaves as colonists in Africa. Pleasants was an opponent of import duties, because he saw it as counter-productive for the economy of the South. After the expiration of his term in 1829 and 1830 James Pleasants was a member of Assembly to revise the State Constitution of Virginia over the years. Then he pulled himself back into retirement, which he spent on his estate " Contention " in Goochland County., Where he is in 1836 also died. , With his wife Susanna Lawson rose he had eight children.