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ATKINSON, Archibald

1792–1872

Biography

ATKINSON, Archibald, a Representative from Virginia; born in Isle of Wight County, Va., September 15, 1792; received a liberal education; attended the law department of William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.; served during the War of 1812; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Smithfield, Isle of Wight County, Va.; member of the State house of delegates 1815-1817 and 1828-1831; served in the State senate 1839-1843; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1849); was not a candidate for renomination in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress; served as prosecuting attorney for Isle of Wight County; died in Smithfield, Va., on January 7, 1872; interment in the graveyard of Old St. Luke's Church, four miles southeast of Smithfield, Va.

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

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External Research Collections

The Library of Virginia
Archives Branch

Richmond, VA
Papers: 1845, 1 page. A letter from Archibald Atkinson to George Bancroft written on October 2, 1845. In the letter, In his letter, Archibald Atkinson recommends Major John R. Cooke of Portsmouth for a vacancy in a live oak agency in Florida. He also mentions that wood from the live oak was used in shipbuilding.
Papers: In the Virginia Politicians' and Authors' Papers, 1806-1902, 64 pages. A letter from Archibald Atkinson to George Bancroft recommending Major John R. Cooke of Portsmouth for a vacancy in a live oak agency in Florida. An inventory is available in the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Atkinson, Archibald. Speech of Mr. Atkinson, of Virginia, on the Oregon question. Delivered in the House of Representatives, February 7, 1846. Washington: Printed at the Union office, 1846.

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