Abraham Bedford Venable (1758 - 1811)

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Birthplace: VA, USA
Death: Died in Richmond, Virginia, United States
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About Abraham Bedford Venable


Abraham Bedford Venable (November 20, 1758 – December 26, 1811) was a representative and senator from Virginia. He was the uncle of congressman Abraham Watkins Venable.

Born on "State Hill", a farm in what is now Worsham, Virginia, Venable attended Hampden-Sydney College and later graduated from the College of New Jersey in 1780. He worked as a planter and studied law in his hometown, eventually being admitted to the bar in 1784. He started practice at the Prince Edward Court House in Prince Edward County, Virginia. He later got involved in politics and was elected to the second congress, serving from 1791 to 1799. He served as chairman of the Committee on Elections in the fourth congress. He was later elected to the senate to fill a vacancy, serving from 1803 to 1804 when he resigned to become president of First National Bank in Virginia. He died in 1811 in a theater fire in Richmond, Virginia. His ashes were placed under a rock at Monumental Church in Richmond with the ashes of other victims of the fire including Virginia Governor George William Smith.


Abraham died in the Richmond Theater Disaster, 26 Dec 1811. Abraham resigned from the US Senate to found the first Bank of VA and become its first President.

Trustee of Hampden-Sidney College.

Never married.

When his property was divided, "Longwood," the plantation home fell to his older brother, Samuel WoodsonVenable.

"Gabriel's Rebellion".

The VA Slave Conspiracies of 1800 and1802," by D.R. Egerton:

Abraham B. Venable, to whose committee the question had been referred, rose unsteadily and began toread a two-part resolution...." this committee suggested that a homeland be obtained "to which free negroes or mulattoes, and such negroes or mulattoes as may be emancipated, may be sent or choose to remove as a place of asylum"


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Abraham B. Venable, U.S. Senator's Timeline

November 20, 1758
December 26, 1811
Age 53
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Monumental Church Richmond Richmond City Virginia