John Hungerford (congressman)

John Pratt Hungerford ( born January 2, 1761 Leeds, Westmoreland County, Virginia; † December 21, 1833 in Westmoreland County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1811 and 1817 he represented two times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Hungerford received a private school education. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. He also took part in the War of Independence. Later he hit as a member of which was founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party launched a political career. Between 1797 and 1801 Hungerford was a member of the House of Representatives from Virginia; 1801-1809 he was a member of the State Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1810 Hungerford was in the eighth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Walter Jones on March 4, 1811. The election result but was challenged by his rival candidate John Taliaferro. As this was Objection, Hungerford had to cede to Taliaferro its mandate on 29 November 1811. In the 1812 elections, he was elected to Congress again in the ninth district of his state, where he became the successor of Aylett Hawes on March 4, 1813. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1817 two full terms of office. This was initially shaped by the events of the British - American War of 1812. At this war Hungerford took despite his parliamentary mandate in part as a brigadier general of the militia.

Between 1823 and 1830 John Hungerford sat again in the House of Representatives from Virginia. He died on December 21, 1833 at his estate Twiford in Westmoreland County.