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Virginia Secession Convention of 1861

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Virginia State Convention 1861

In February 1861 the Commonwealth of Virginia held a statewide Constitutional Convention in the City of Richmond. The new constitution was not adopted but instead resulted in an Ordinance of Succession from the United States. This is often referred to as the "Virginia Secession Convention" because of the resultant document.

List of Delegates:

  1. John Janney (Chairman) - (Loudoun)
  2. William Marshall Ambler (Louisa)
  3. Edward M Armstrong (Hampshire)
  4. William Ballarde Aston (Wise, Russell)
  5. John Brown Baldwin - (Augusta)
  6. Alfred Madison Barbour (Jefferson)
  7. James Barbour (Culpeper)
  8. George Baylor - (Augusta)
  9. George William Berlin (Upshur)
  10. Angus Rucker Blakey (Madison)
  11. George Blow, Jr (Norfolk City)
  12. Caleb Boggess (Lewis)
  13. James Boissean (Dinwiddie)
  14. Peter Bock Borst (Page)
  15. Wood Bouldin (Charlotte)
  16. William W. Boyd - (Botetourt, Craig)
  17. Thomas Branch (Petersburg)
  18. George William Brent - (Alexandria)
  19. William G. Brown (Preston)
  20. James Coles Bruce (Halifax)
  21. John Sinsell Burdett (Taylor)
  22. James Burley (Marshall)
  23. Benjamin W. Byrne (Braxton, Clay, Nicholas, Webster)
  24. Frederick Mortimer Cabell (Nelson)
  25. John Arthur Campbell (Washington)
  26. Allen Taylor Caperton (Monroe)
  27. John S. Carlile (Harrison)
  28. John Armistead Carter (Loudoun)
  29. William P. Cecil (Buchanan, McDowell, Tazewell)
  30. John Randolph Chambliss (Greensville, Sussex)
  31. Manilius Chapman (Giles)
  32. Sherrard Clemens (Ohio)
  33. Samuel Augustus Coffman (Rockingham)
  34. Raphael M. Conn (Shenandoah)
  35. Currence B. Conrad (Calhoun, Gilmer, Wirt)
  36. Robert Young Conrad (Frederick)
  37. James Henry Couch (Mason)
  38. James Henry Cox (Chesterfield)
  39. Richard Henry Cox (Essex, King and Queen)
  40. John Critcher (Richmond County, Westmoreland)
  41. William H. B. Custis - (Accomac)
  42. Marshall Mortimore Dent (Monongalia)
  43. Hervey Deskins (Floyd)
  44. James Baldwin Dorman (Rockbridge)
  45. William H. Dulany (Fairfax)
  46. Jubal A. Early (Franklin)
  47. John Echols (Monroe)
  48. Miers W. Fisher (Northampton)
  49. Thomas S. Flournoy (Halifax)
  50. William W. Forbes (Buckingham)
  51. Napoleon B. French (Mercer)
  52. Colbert C. Fugate (Scott)
  53. Samuel M. Garland - (Amherst)
  54. Henry L. Gillespie (Fayette, Raleigh)
  55. Samuel L. Graham (Buchanan, McDowell, Tazewell)
  56. Robert. Grant - (Washington)
  57. Peyton Gravely (Henry)
  58. Algernon Sidney Gray (Rockingham)
  59. Fendall Gregory (King William)
  60. William Leftwich Goggin - (Bedford)
  61. John Goode - (Bedford)
  62. Thomas Francis Goode (Mecklenburg)
  63. Fielden L. Hale (Carroll)
  64. Addison Hall (Lancaster, Northumberland)
  65. Cyrus Hall (Pleasants, Ritchie)
  66. Ephraim Benoni Hall (Marion)
  67. Leonard Stout Hall (Wetzel)
  68. Allan C. Hammond - (Berkeley)
  69. Lewis E. Harvie - (Amelia and Nottoway)
  70. Alpheus F. Haymond (Marion)
  71. James W Hoge (Putnam)
  72. James P. Holcombe - (Albemarle)
  73. John Gustavus Holladay (Norfolk)
  74. Chester Dorman Hubbard (Ohio)
  75. John N. Hughes (Randolph, Tucker, Webster)
  76. George W. Hull (Highland)
  77. Eppa Hunton (Prince William)
  78. Lewis D. Isbell - (Appomattox)
  79. John Jay Jackson (Wood)
  80. Marmaduke Johnson (Richmond City)
  81. Peter Carr Johnston (Scott)
  82. Robert C Kent (Wythe)
  83. John Richardson Kilby (Nansemond)
  84. John Julius Kindred (Southampton)
  85. James Lawson - (Boone, - (Logan, Wyoming)
  86. Walter Daniel Leake (Goochland)
  87. John Francis Lewis (Rockingham)
  88. William McComas (Cabell)
  89. James Clark McGrew (Preston)
  90. Paul McNeel(Pocahontas)
  91. William Hamilton Mcfarland (Richmond City)
  92. Charles King Mallory (York, Elizabeth City, Warwick and Williamsburg )
  93. James B. Mallory (Brunswick)
  94. James Marshall (Frederick)
  95. John Lawrence Marye (Spotsylvania)
  96. Thomas Maslin (Hardy)
  97. Henry H. Masters (Pendleton)
  98. Fleming B. Miller - (Botetourt, Craig)
  99. Horatio Gates Moffett (Rappahannock)
  100. Robert L. Montague (Mathews, Middlesex)
  101. Edmund T. Morris (Caroline)
  102. Jeremiah Morton (Green, Orange)
  103. Samuel McDowel Moore (Rockbridge)
  104. William J. Neblett (Lunenburg)
  105. Hugh M. Nelson (Clarke)
  106. Johnson Orrick (Morgan)
  107. Logan Osburn (Jefferson)
  108. William C. Parks (Grayson)
  109. Spicer Patrick (Kanawha)
  110. Edmund B. Pendleton - (Berkeley)
  111. George McC. Porter (Hancock)
  112. William Ballard Preston (Montgomery)
  113. Samuel Price (Greenbrier)
  114. David Pugh (Hampshire)
  115. George Wythe Randolph (Richmond City)
  116. George W. Richardson (Hanover)
  117. Timothy Rives (Prince George, Surry)
  118. Peter Saunders (Franklin)
  119. Robert Eden Scott (Fauquier)
  120. William Campbell Scott (Cumberland, Powhatan)
  121. John Tyler Seawell (Gloucester)
  122. John D. Sharp (Lee)
  123. James White Sheffey (Smyth)
  124. Thomas Sitlington - (Alleghany and Bath)
  125. Charles R. Slaughter (Campbell)
  126. Valentine W. Southall - (Albemarle)
  127. John M. Speed (Campbell)
  128. Burwell Spurlock (Wayne)
  129. Samuel G. Staples (Patrick)
  130. Alexander H. H. Stuart - (Augusta)
  131. Chapman J. Stuart (Doddridge, Tyler)
  132. James Magruder Strange (Fluvanna)
  133. George W. Summers (Kanawha)
  134. William T. Sutherlin (Pittsylvania)
  135. Campbell Tarr (Brooke)
  136. George Plater Tayloe (Roanoke)
  137. John Thruston Thorton (Prince Edward)
  138. William Marshall Tredway (Pittsylvania)
  139. Robert H. Turner - (Warren)
  140. Franklin P. Turner (Jackson,Roane)
  141. John Tyler (Charles City, James City, New Kent)
  142. Edward Waller (King George, Stafford)
  143. William White (Norfolk)
  144. Robert H. Whitfield (Isle of Wight)
  145. Williams C. Wickham (Henrico)
  146. Waitman Thomas Willey (Monongalia)
  147. Samuel Crowdson Williams (Shenandoah)
  148. Benjamin Wilson (Harrison)
  149. Henry Alexander Wise (Princess Anne)
  150. Samuel Woods -(Barbour)
  151. Benjamin Wysor (Pulaski)
  • Note: Several extinct counties are referenced above. Elizabeth City County was incorporated into the present day City of Hampton, Warwick County was part of the original Warwick Shire and it was incorporated into the present City of Newport News. Nansemond County existed until 1972 and was an independent city for some months until it was annexed into the City of Suffolk. Jurisdictions listed are based as closely as possible to what they were at the time of the Convention, even though some towns or county seats would later become independent cities. Other jurisdictions would be consolidated and yet other jurisdictions would be formed after the breakup of the Commonwealth of Virginia that resulted in the birth of West Virginia.