Joseph Segar

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(June 1, 1804 — April 30, 1880) Joseph Eggleston Segar, a Representative from Virginia; born in King William County, Va., June 1, 1804; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; held several local offices; member of the State house of delegates 1836-1838, 1848-1852, and 1855-1861; presented credentials as a Unionist Member-elect to the Thirty-seventh Congress from an election held on October 24, 1861, but the House on February 11, 1862, decided he was not entitled to the seat; subsequently elected to the same Congress and served from March 15, 1862, to March 3, 1863; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Thirty-eighth Congress, but was declared not entitled to the seat by resolution of May 17, 1864, presented credentials on February 17, 1865, as a United States Senator-elect to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1863, caused by the death of Lemuel J. Bowden, but was not permitted to take his seat; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-first Congress, but was not permitted to qualify; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; member of Spanish Claims Commission, 1877-1880; died on a steamer while en route from Norfolk, Va., to Washington, D.C., April 30, 1880; interment in St. John's Cemetery, Hampton, Va. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

Member of Virginia Delegation—The Road to Civil War.

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