John Lamb (congressman)

John Lamb (June 12, 1840 – November 21, 1924) was a U.S. representative from Virginia.

John Lamb
John Lamb.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byTazewell Ellett
Succeeded byAndrew J. Montague
Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1913
Preceded byCharles F. Scott
Succeeded byAsbury F. Lever
Personal details
BornJune 12, 1840
Sussex County, Virginia
DiedNovember 21, 1924(1924-11-21) (aged 84)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting placeHollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Professionbusinessman, politician
Military service
AllegianceConfederate States of America
Branch/serviceConfederate Army
UnitCompany D, 3rd Virginia Cavalry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War


Born in Sussex County, Virginia, Lamb attended a private school. During the Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate States Army, Company D, Third Virginia Cavalry, and commanded his company for three years.

After the war, Lamb engaged in mercantile pursuits as well as serving as sheriff, treasurer, and surveyor of Charles City County. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913), where he served as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Sixty-second Congress). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection.

After leaving Congress, Lamb served as the superintendent of the Virginia Historical Society, with its extensive Confederate memorial murals in Richmond, Virginia, where he died on November 21, 1924. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery.

Electoral historyEdit

  • 1896; Lamb was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.54% of the vote, defeating Republican L.L. Lewis, Independent Republicans Elisha L. Lewis, William H. Lewis, and John Mitchell, and Progressive James O. Atwood.
  • 1898; Lamb was re-elected with 69.14% of the vote, defeating Republicans Otis H. Russell and Benjamin B. Wiesiger and Independents John J. Quantz and Allie Dillard.
  • 1900; Lamb was re-elected with 65.63% of the vote, defeating Republican Edgar Allen and Independent John Laub.
  • 1902; Lamb was re-elected with 81.08% of the vote, defeating Republicans B.W. Edwards and William E. Talley, Socialist Labor Quantz, Socialist T.A. Hollins, and Independent Republican Phillip Harris.
  • 1904; Lamb was re-elected with 78.01% of the vote, defeating Republican Allen, Independent Republican George A. Harrison, Independent J.B. Johnson, Socialist Labor H. Adolph Muller, and Socialist John Catrell.
  • 1906; Lamb was re-elected with 82.17% of the vote, defeating Republican G.H. Hanson, Independent Johnson, and Socialist Hollins.
  • 1908; Lamb was re-elected with 77.24% of the vote, defeating Republican J.G. Luce and Socialist Hollins.
  • 1910; Lamb was re-elected with 84.84% of the vote, defeating Republican W.R. Vawter, Socialist D.D. Harrison, and Socialist Labor Hollins.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "John Lamb (id: L000033)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles F. Scott
Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee
Succeeded by
Andrew J. Montague
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Tazewell Ellett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Andrew J. Montague