Richard Coke, Jr.

Richard Coke Jr. ( born November 16, 1790 in Williamsburg, Virginia, † March 31, 1851 in Gloucester County, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1829 and 1833 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Richard Coke was the uncle of the same name Richard Coke (1829-1897), the Texas governor and U.S. senator for this state was. He attended the common schools and then studied at the College of William & Mary in his hometown of Williamsburg. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in Gloucester County in this profession. Politically, he joined in the 1820s, the movement to the later U.S. President Andrew Jackson and became a member of the Democratic Party, founded in 1828 by this.

In the congressional elections of 1828 Coke was in the eighth constituency of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Burwell Bassett on March 4, 1829. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1833 two legislative sessions. Since the inauguration of President Jackson in 1829, was discussed inside and outside of Congress vehemently about its policy. It was about the controversial enforcement of the Indian Removal Act, the conflict with the State of South Carolina, which culminated in the Nullifikationskrise, and banking policy of the President.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, Richard Coke withdrew from politics. He died on 31 March 1851, his plantation Abingdon Place in Gloucester County, where he was also buried.