James Ervin (politician)

James Ervin (October 17, 1778 – July 7, 1841) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina.

James Ervin
Member of the South Carolina Senate from Marlboro District
In office
November 27, 1826 – December 18, 1829
Preceded byCharles Irby
Succeeded byRobert B. Campbell
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from 's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821
Preceded byBenjamin Huger
Succeeded byThomas R. Mitchell
Member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from Marion District
In office
November 26, 1810 – August 29, 1812
In office
November 24, 1800 – December 15, 1805
Personal details
Born(1778-10-17)October 17, 1778
Williamsburg District, South Carolina
DiedJuly 7, 1841(1841-07-07) (aged 62)
Darlington, South Carolina
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Alma materRhode Island College
Professionplanter, lawyer, politician

Early lifeEdit

Born in Williamsburg District, Ervin was graduated from Rhode Island College (now Brown University), in 1797. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1800. He commenced practice in the Pee Dee.


He served as member of the State house of representatives from 1800–1804 and from 1810-1811. He then served as solicitor of the northern judicial circuit 1804–1816. He was a trustee of South Carolina College from 1809–1817.

Ervin was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Fifteenth Congress and reelected to the Sixteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1821). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1820.

After his tenure in Congress, he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He later served as member of the State senate from 1826-1829. He was a delegate to the State convention in 1832.

He died in Darlington, South Carolina, July 7, 1841 and was interred at his home.


  • United States Congress. "James Ervin (id: E000209)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by

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