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Thomas Claiborne (1749-1812)

Thomas Claiborne (February 1, 1749 – 1812) was a planter and politician from Brunswick County, Virginia, who represented Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1793 to 1799 and from 1801 to 1805.

Claiborne was born in 1749 in Brunswick County, the son of Colonel Augustine and Mary (Herbert) Claiborne. He was the fifth generation of his family in America, descended from William Claiborne who had settled in Virginia in 1621. He is the father of John Claiborne and Thomas Claiborne (1780-1856), uncle of Nathaniel Herbert Claiborne and William Charles Cole Claiborne, granduncle of John Francis Hamtramck Claiborne, and great-great-great-great granduncle of Corinne Claiborne Boggs.

Claiborne was a member of the State house of delegates (1783–1788), served as colonel in command of the Brunswick County Militia in 1789, sheriff of Brunswick County (1789–1792), and a member of the state senate (1790–1792). He was elected to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses. His bid for reelection in 1798 was unsuccessful, but he was again elected as a Republican to the Seventh and Eighth Congresses. He died on his estate in Brunswick County in 1812.

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Preceded by
Josiah Parker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th congressional district

1793–1799
Succeeded by
Samuel Goode
Preceded by
Samuel Goode
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th congressional district

1801-1803
Succeeded by
Redistricted to 17th district
Preceded by
Redistricted from the 8th district
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 17th congressional district

1803–1805
Succeeded by
Walter Jones
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