James G. Field
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|Attorney General of Virginia|
August 29, 1877 – January 1, 1882
|Governor||James L. Kemper|
Frederick W. M. Holliday
|Preceded by||Raleigh Daniel|
|Succeeded by||Frank S. Blair|
|Born||February 24, 1826|
Culpeper County, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||October 12, 1901 (aged 75)|
Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.
James Gaven Field was born at Walnut, Culpeper County, Virginia, the son of Judge Lewis Yancy and Maria (Duncan) Field, and a descendant of Sir John Field, of England. After attending a classical school, he engaged in mercantile pursuits at Fairfax, Virginia, and subsequently taught school.
In 1848 he accompanied Maj. Hill, paymaster in the U.S. Army, to California as clerk, and became engaged in the pay department of the U.S. Army. He was chosen a secretary of the convention that framed the first constitution of the state of California in 1850, and in October of the same year returned to Virginia, where he studied law with his uncle, Judge Richard H. Field, and was admitted to the bar in 1852. He was the Commonwealth’s attorney of his native county during 1859-61.
He became Attorney General of Virginia in 1877, and after serving five years in this capacity retired to a farm in Albemarle County, Virginia. In 1892 he was the People's Party candidate for Vice President of the United States on the ticket with James B. Weaver for president. The ticket did remarkably well and received the electoral votes of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, and Nevada along with two more electoral votes from North Dakota and Oregon: twenty-two electoral votes in total. The ticket also received 1,041,028 popular votes.
He was married, first in 1854, to a Miss Cowherd, and, second, in 1882, to Miss Logwood.
His last years were spent in Gordonsville, Virginia, and he died there, October 12, 1901.
- Tarter, Brent. "Field, James Gaven (1826–1902)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
| Attorney General of Virginia
Frank S. Blair
|Party political offices|
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