James Stephenson (congressman)

James Stephenson ( born March 20, 1764 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; † 7 August 1833 in Martinsburg, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1803 and 1825 he represented several times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


About the childhood and youth of James Stephenson nothing is handed down. He moved to Martinsburg in present-day West Virginia. In 1791 he took part in an Indian War under General St. Clair. Later he hit as a member of the Federalist Party, a political one career. Between 1800 and 1803 he sat in the House of Representatives from Virginia. In the congressional elections of 1802 Stephenson 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 David Holmes on March 4, 1803. Until March 3, 1805 he was able to complete a term in Congress. During this period fell by President Thomas Jefferson incurred Louisiana Purchase, was considerably extended by the territory of the United States. In 1804, the Twelfth Amendment to the Constitution was ratified.

In the years 1806 and 1807 Stephenson was again a deputy in the state legislature of Virginia. In the 1808 elections, he was re-elected in the Second District in Congress, where he replaced John Morrow on March 4, 1809 which was four years before there become his successor. By March 3, 1811 Stephenson was able to spend one more term to the U.S. House of Representatives. After the death of Mr Thomas Van Swearingen Stephenson was chosen as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in the overdue election for the second seat, where he took up his position on 28 October 1822. After a re-election in the ninth constituency he could remain until March 3, 1825 in Congress.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives James Stephenson is no longer politically have appeared. He died on 7 August 1833 in Martinsburg.