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Robert Craig (representative)

Robert Craig (1792 – November 25, 1852) was a long time member of the Virginia House of Representatives and United States House of Representatives, serving many terms in both bodies. Craig County, Virginia is named in his honor.

Robert Craig
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 17th district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1841
Preceded bySamuel M. Moore
Succeeded byAlexander H. H. Stuart
Chairman of the House Committee on Revolutionary Claims
In office
1835–1840
Preceded byHenry A. P. Muhlenberg
Succeeded byHiland Hall
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 20th district
In office
March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byJohn Floyd
Succeeded byJohn J. Allen
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Montgomery County
In office
1825-1828
In office
1817-1818
Personal details
Born1792
Christiansburg, Virginia
DiedNovember 25, 1852(1852-11-25) (aged 59–60)
"Green Hill," Salem, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic Party (1825-1828, 1835-onward)
Jacksonian (1829-1832)
Alma materLewisburg Academy
Washington College
Professionplanter

BiographyEdit

Born near Christiansburg, Virginia, Craig attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia, and graduated from Lewisburg Academy in Greenbrier County (now West Virginia). After graduating, Craig engaged in planting, before being elected to and serving in the Virginia House of Delegates in 1817 and 1818. He worked as member of the Virginia Board of Public Works from 1820–1823, before returning the Virginia House from 1825–1829.

Craig was elected as a Jacksonian Democrat to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1833). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832, so he resumed agricultural pursuits.

Craig was elected again as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1841). He served as chairman of the "Committee on Revolutionary Claims" from 1835 to 1840, but did not seek renomination in 1840. Craig moved to Roanoke County, Virginia in 1842 and resumed agricultural pursuits, before again becoming a member of the State house of delegates from 1850–1852.

He died on his estate, "Green Hill," near Salem, Virginia, on November 25, 1852, and was interred in the family burying ground there.

SourcesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Robert Craig (id: C000859)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Floyd
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 20th congressional district

1829–1833
Succeeded by
John J. Allen
Preceded by
Samuel M. Moore
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 17th congressional district

1835–1841
Succeeded by
Alexander H. H. Stuart