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John Taliaferro

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John Taliaferro (1768 – August 12, 1852) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and librarian from Virginia.

Early life and education

Born on "Hays" near Fredericksburg, Virginia, Taliaferro attended the common schools as a child. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Fredericksburg.


Taliaferro was elected a Democratic-Republican to the United States House of Representatives in 1800, serving from 1801 to 1803. In 1811 he was elected again and served until 1813.

In 1823, Taliaferro was elected to the House a third time, originally to fill a vacancy as a Crawford Republican, Adams Republican and Anti-Jacksonian. He served from 1824 to 1831.

Taliferro's name is listed as the author of an anti-Jackson handbill distributed during the campaign of 1828. The handbill is called "Supplemental account of some of the bloody deeds of General Jackson" and describes itself as a supplement to the Coffin Handbills. In it, Jackson is accused of "atrocious and unnatural acts," including eating mercilessly-slaughtered Indians for breakfast.[1]

Taliferro served in the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830. He was elected as one of four delegates from a state Senate district of his home county in the Northern Neck, King George County, including Westmoreland, Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Stafford and Prince William Counties.[2]

Elected a fourth time in 1834, he ran as an Anti-Jacksonian and Whig, serving from 1835 to 1843. He was chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions from 1839 to 1843.

Taliaferro worked as a librarian at the United States Department of the Treasury from 1850 to 1852. He died at his farm "Hagley" near Fredericksburg on August 12, 1852. He was interred on the property.


  1. ^ Taliaferro, John. "Supplemental account of some of the bloody deeds of General Jackson, being a supplement to the "Coffin handbill." [Cuts of 6 coffins] ... John Taliaferro. Member of Congress from Northern Neck, Va. [1828]". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2016-02-15.
  2. ^ Pulliam 1901, p. 71, 82


U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Henry Lee III
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 19th congressional district

March 4, 1801 – March 4, 1803 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Edwin Gray
Preceded by
John P. Hungerford
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th congressional district

November 29, 1811 – March 4, 1813
Succeeded by
Joseph Lewis, Jr.
Preceded by
William L. Ball
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 13th congressional district

March 24, 1824 – March 4, 1831 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
Joseph Chinn
Preceded by
Joseph Chinn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 10th congressional district

March 4, 1835 – March 4, 1843
Succeeded by
William Lucas

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