HUNTON, Eppa, a Representative and a Senator from Virginia; born near Warrenton, Fauquier County, Va., September 22, 1822; attended New Baltimore Academy; taught school three years; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1843 and commenced practice in Brentsville, Va.; served as colonel, and later general, in the Virginia militia; Commonwealth attorney for Prince William County 1849-1861; member of the Virginia convention at Richmond in February 1861 and advocated secession; entered the Confederate Army as colonel of the Eighth Regiment, Virginia Infantry; promoted to brigadier general after the Battle of Gettysburg and served through the remainder of the Civil War; resumed the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-third and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1873-March 3, 1881); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (Forty-fourth Congress), Committee on the District of Columbia (Forty-sixth Congress); appointed a member of the Electoral Commission created by act of Congress in 1877 to decide the contests in various States in the presidential election of 1876; resumed the practice of law; appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John S. Barbour and served from May 28, 1892, to March 3, 1895; was not a candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed the practice of law in Warrenton, Va.; died in Richmond, Va., October 11, 1908; interment in Hollywood Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

[ Top ]

External Research Collections

University of Virginia
Alderman Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: Miscellaneous items and photographs in various collections.

Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA
Papers: Ca. 30 items in Hunton family papers and additional items in various collections.
[ Top ]

Bibliography / Further Reading

Hunton, Eppa. The Autobiography of Eppa Hunton. Richmond: William Byrd Press, 1933.

[ Top ]