Shelton Farrar Leake

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Shelton Farrar Leake

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Albemarle Co, VA
Death: March 4, 1884 (71)
Charlottesville, VA
Immediate Family:

Son of Samuel Leake, Jr. and Sophia Leake
Husband of Rebecca Leake
Father of Ada Shelton Gaines; Gay Pendleton White; Fannie Meriwether Leake and Shelton Farrar Leake, Jr.
Brother of Samuel Austin Leake, III; Sophia Farrar Leake; William Josiah Leake, Sr.,; Lucy Patience Morriss Gentry; Eliza Austin Leake and 2 others

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About Shelton Farrar Leake

Shelton Farrar Leake (November 30, 1812 – March 4, 1884) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and teacher from Virginia.


Born near Hillsboro, Virginia, Leake completed preparatory studies, taught school, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1835, commencing practice in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1842 and 1843 and was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1844, serving from 1845 to 1847.

Afterward, Leake resumed practicing law and in 1851 was elected the first Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, serving from 1852 to 1856. He was elected back to the House of Representatives as an Independent Democrat in 1858, serving again from 1859 to 1861. Leake again resumed practicing law until his death in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 4, 1884. He was interred in Charlottesville in Maplewood Cemetery.

Electoral history

1845; Leake was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 52.55% of the vote, defeating an Independent identified only as Irving.

1859; Leake was re-elected with 59.17% of the vote, defeating Democrat Paulus Powell.

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Shelton Farrar Leake's Timeline

November 30, 1812
Albemarle Co, VA
July 4, 1845
Age 32
Age 34
VA, United States
Age 36
Age 40
March 4, 1884
Age 71
Charlottesville, VA