- James Seddon
Infobox US Cabinet official
name=James Alexander Seddon
Confederate States Secretary of War
November 21, 1862
February 5, 1865
George W. Randolph
John C. Breckinridge
Falmouth, Virginia, U.S.
death_date=death date and age|1880|8|19|1815|7|13|mf=y
Goochland County, Virginia, U.S.
spouse=Sarah Bruce Seddon
James Alexander Seddon (
July 13, 1815– August 19, 1880) was an American lawyer and politician who served two terms in the U.S. Congress as a member of the Democratic Party. He was appointed Confederate States Secretary of Warby Jefferson Davisduring the American Civil War.
Seddon was born in Falmouth, Stafford County,
Virginia. He was a descendant of William Alexander, the " Earl of Stirling". Due to frail health, he was educated primarily at home and became self-taught as a youth. At the age of twenty-one, Seddon entered the law school of the University of Virginia, graduating and settling in Richmond, where he established a successful law practice.
In 1845, he was nominated by the Democratic Party for Congress and was easily elected. Two years later, he was renominated, but declined due to platform differences with the party. In 1849, Seddon was reelected to Congress, serving from December 1849 until March 1851. Owing to poor health, he declined another nomination at the end of his term and retired to "Sabot Hill," his estate on the James River above Richmond.
Seddon attended the peace convention held in
Washington, D.C., in 1861, which attempted to devise a means of preventing the impending civil war. Later in the same year, he attended the Provisional Confederate Congress. President Davis named him as the Secretary of War, a post he held until January 1, 1865, when he retired from public life to his country estate.
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* [http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/USACWsneddon.htm James Seddon biography at Spartacus]
* [http://www.csawardept.com/history/Cabinet/Seddon/index.html James Seddon biography at the Confederate States War Department]
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