John Randolph Tucker (politician)

John Randolph Tucker ( born December 24, 1823 in Winchester, Virginia; † February 13, 1897 in Lexington, Virginia) was an American lawyer and politician. Between 1875 and 1887 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


John Tucker was the son of Congressman Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1848) and the father of Henry St. George Tucker III ( 1853-1932 ). He attended a private school and then the Richmond Academy. This was followed up in 1844 to study at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. After studying law and his 1845 was admitted to the bar he began in Winchester to work in this profession. Between 1857 and 1865, he served as Attorney General of Virginia. In 1870, he taught at Washington and Lee University in Lexington Jura. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1874 Tucker was in the sixth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Whitehead on March 4, 1875. After five re- elections, he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1887 six legislative periods. Since 1883 he represented there as the successor of John Sergeant Wise tenth district of his state. Between 1879 and 1881 Tucker was chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means; 1883 to 1887 he headed the Judiciary Committee. In 1886 he abandoned a bid again.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives John Tucker was since 1888 until his death professor of constitutional law at Washington and Lee University. In 1894, he stood before the American Bar Association. John Tucker died on February 13, 1897 in Lexington, and was buried in his birthplace of Winchester.