Tazewell, Littleton Walter

Tazewell, Littleton Walter tăz´wəl [key], 1774–1860, American politcal leader, b. Williamsburg, Va., grad. College of William and Mary, 1792. He was admitted (1796) to the bar, practiced law in Virginia, was in the state legislature, and served (1801–3) in Congress. In the Senate (1824–33), Tazewell headed the committee on foreign relations. He strongly opposed President Andrew Jackson's policies, especially his removal of government deposits from the Bank of the United States. He became (1834) governor of Virginia but retired from politics in 1836.

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