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James Alexander Seddon Sr.

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Born: July 13, 1815

Birthplace: Falmouth, Virginia

Father: Thomas Seddon 1779 – 1831
(Buried: Seddon Family Cemetery, Stafford County, Virginia)​

Mother: Susan Pearson Alexander 1788 – 1845
(Buried: Seddon Family Cemetery, Stafford County, Virginia)​

Wife: Sarah Bruce 1821 – 1882
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

Children:

Elvira Bruce “Ella” Seddon 1846 – 1882​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Thomas O. Seddon 1847 – 1896​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
James Alexander Seddon 1850 – 1938​
(Buried: Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, Missouri)​
William Cabell Seddon Sr. 1851 – 1923​
(Buried: Druid Ridge Cemetery, Pikesville, Maryland)​
Anna Park “Annie” Seddon 1852 – 1863​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Arthur Morson Seddon 1854 – 1927​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)
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Charles Bruce Seddon 1859 – 1866​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​
Rosa “Rosia” Seddon Rutherfoord 1859 – 1918​
(Buried: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia)​

Political Party: Democratic Party


Education:


1835: Graduated from University of Virginia Law School​

Occupation before War:

1838 – 1845: Attorney in Richmond, Virginia​
1845 – 1847: United States Congressman from Virginia​
1845 – 1847: Member of House Invalid Pensions Committee​
1845 – 1847: Member of House Judiciary Committee​
1846: Choose not to be a candidate for re-nomination to U.S. Congress​
1847 – 1849: Attorney in Richmond, Virginia​
1849 – 1851: United States Congressman from Virginia​
1849 – 1851: Member of House Territories Committee​
1850: Declined to be a candidate for re-nomination to U.S. Congress​
1851 – 1861: Attorney in Richmond, Virginia​

Civil War Career:

1861: Member of Washington, D.C. Peace Conference​
1861: Appointed in June to Congress after losing to William C. Rives​
1861 – 1862: Virginia Delegate, Confederate Provisional Congress​
1862: Ran third in a race for regular Confederate Congress​
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Secretary of War​
1865: Resigned as Secretary of War in January​
1865: Arrested by the Union Army and imprisoned until December​

Occupation after War:

1865 – 1880: Lived retired at Sabot Hill Plantation in Goochland County, Virginia​

Died: August 19, 1880

Place of Death: Sabot Hill Plantation, Goochland County, Virginia

Age at time of Death: 65 years old

Burial Place: Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia

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On the cold, wet morning of March 1, 1864, James Seddon's wife, Sarah Bruce Seddon received an unexpected visit t Sabot Hill from Colonel Ulric Dahlgren and his Federal cavalry raiding party enroute to Richmond. Fortunately Secretary Seddon was not home. Over a bottle of wine Sarah asked for Dahlgren's family (she had gone to school with his mother and knew his father) and remembered Dahlgren as a boy. While she entertained Dahlgren, Mrs. Seddon dispatched a rider to Richmond with a warning. As he left Dahlgren assured Sarah the plantation would not be harmed, but Dahlgren's men were already burning the outbuildings. The mansion was not touched.
 
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