Robert CRAIG, Congress, VA (1792-1852)


CRAIG, Robert, a Representative from Virginia; born near Christiansburg, Montgomery County, Va., in 1792; attended the rural schools, Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va., and was graduated from Lewisburg Academy in Greenbrier County; engaged in planting; served in the State house of delegates in 1817, 1818, and again in 1825-1829; member of the Virginia Board of Public Works 1820-1823; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; resumed agricultural pursuits; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1841); chairman, Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses); was not a candidate for renomination in 1840; moved to Roanoke County, Va., in 1842 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; again a member of the State house of delegates 1850-1852; died on his estate, “Green Hill,” near Salem, Roanoke County, Va., November 25, 1852; interment in the family burying ground at “Green Hill.”

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present