Thomas Van Swearingen

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Thomas Van Swearingen
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1819 August 19, 1822
Preceded by Edward Colston
Succeeded by James Stephenson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Jefferson County
In office
Alongside George Humphreys
Personal details
Born(1784-05-05)May 5, 1784
Shepherdstown, Virginia
DiedAugust 19, 1822(1822-08-19) (aged 38)
Shepherdstown, Virginia
Political party Federalist

Thomas Van Swearingen (May 5, 1784 August 19, 1822) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

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Born near Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia), Van Swearingen attended the common schools. He served as member of the State House of Delegates 18141816.

Van Swearingen was elected to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1819, until his death in Shepherdstown, Virginia, August 19, 1822. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.

He was the third cousin of U.S Representative Henry D. Swearingen of Ohio.

Electoral history

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The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress is a biographical dictionary of all present and former members of the United States Congress and its predecessor, the Continental Congress. Also included are Delegates from territories and the District of Columbia and Resident Commissioners from the Philippines and Puerto Rico.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Colston
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
James Stephenson

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