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Abram Trigg (1750 – unknown) was an American farmer and politician from Bedford County, Virginia. He fought with the Virginia militia in the Revolutionary War and represented Virginia in the U.S. Congress from 1797 until 1809.

Abram Trigg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1803 – March 3, 1809
Preceded byMatthew Clay
Succeeded byDaniel Sheffey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1803
Preceded byFrancis Preston
Succeeded byDavid Holmes
Personal details
New London, Virginia
"Buchanan's Bottom", Montgomery County, Virginia
Resting place"Buchanan’s Bottom," Montgomery County, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Military service
Branch/serviceVirginia state militia
Battles/warsAmerican Revolutionary War


Family lifeEdit

Abram was born on his father's farm near New London in Lunenburg County, Virginia. He was one of the eight children of William Trigg (1716–1773) and Mary (Johns) Trigg (1720–1773). His father, William served as a judge in Bedford County (which was formed from part of Lunenburg County in 1754) for many years. His brother, John, would serve with him in congress.


He completed academic studies, studied law and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Montgomery County, Virginia. He lived on his estate, "Buchanan's Bottom," on the New River and held local offices, such as clerk and judge, and various other offices in Montgomery County. He served in the Revolutionary War as lieutenant colonel of militia in 1782 and later as general of militia in Virginia.

Trigg was a delegate to the Virginia ratification convention of 1788, and voted with Patrick Henry and the Anti-federalists against ratification of the United States Constitution.[1] He was elected as a Republican to the Fifth and to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1797 – March 3, 1809). He died and was buried on the family estate, death date unknown.

Electoral historyEdit

  • 1797; Trigg was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1799; Trigg was re-elected with 88.47% of the vote, defeating Federalist William Preston.
  • 1801; Trigg was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1803; Trigg was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1805; Trigg was re-elected unopposed.
  • 1807; Trigg was re-elected defeating Federalist Daniel Sheffey.


  • United States Congress. "Abram Trigg (id: T000368)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-02-26
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Francis Preston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
David Holmes
Preceded by
Matthew Clay
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Daniel Sheffey