Abraham B. Venable

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Abraham Bedford Venable
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
December 7, 1803 – June 7, 1804
Preceded byJohn Taylor
Succeeded byWilliam Branch Giles
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Prince Edward County
In office
Alongside Peter Johnston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1799
Preceded byJohn Page
Succeeded byJohn Randolph
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1791 – March 3, 1793
Preceded byIsaac Coles
Succeeded byIsaac Coles
Personal details
Born(1758-11-20)November 20, 1758
Prince Edward County, Virginia
DiedDecember 26, 1811(1811-12-26) (aged 53)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting placeRichmond, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
Other political
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Farmer, banker

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


Born on "State Hill", a farm in what is now Worsham, Prince Edward County, 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 Bank of Virginia.[1] 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.

His family included his nephew Abraham Watkins Venable.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1790; Venable was elected to the U.S House of Representatives unopposed.
  • 1793; Venable was re-elected with 79.21% of the vote, defeating Independents Thomas Woodson, Joseph Wiatt, and Thomas Scott.
  • 1795; Venable was re-elected 90.6% of the vote, defeating Independent Tarlton Woodson.
  • 1797; Venable was re-elected unopposed.


  1. ^ Notorious in the neighborhood By Joshua D. Rothman p.97

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Abraham B. Venable (id: V000083)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Abraham B. Venable at Find a Grave
  • Abraham B. Venable at The Political Graveyard
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Isaac Coles
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Isaac Coles
Preceded by
John Page
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

Succeeded by
John Randolph
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Taylor
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Virginia
Served alongside: Wilson Cary Nicholas and Andrew Moore
Succeeded by
Andrew Moore