John Franklin Rixey

John Franklin Rixey ( born August 1, 1854 Culpeper County, Virginia; † February 8, 1907 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1897 and 1907 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Rixey was the younger brother of Presley Marion Rixey (1852-1928), the chief physician of the United States Navy and the personal physician of President William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt. He attended the common schools and the Bethel Academy. He then studied at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After a subsequent law degree in 1876 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Culpeper to work in this profession. From 1879 to 1891 he was district attorney in Culpeper County. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1896 Rixey was selected in the eighth electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, where he became the successor of Elisha E. Meredith on March 4, 1897. After four elections he could remain until his death on February 8, 1907 in Congress.. During this time, the Spanish-American War of 1898 was in November 1906 Rixey had already been re-elected for the next legislative session; but he died before he could take this. In a by-election Charles Creighton Carlin was elected as his successor in Congress.