James Alexander Seddon Biography
James Alexander (1815-80). An American jurist and public official, born at
Falmouth, Stafford Co., Va. He studied law at the University of Virginia and
began practice in Richmond. He was a Democratic member of Congress in 1845-51.
In February, 1861, he was a Virginia delegate to the Peace Convention held in
Washington and presented a minority report recommending the adoption of
amendments to the Constitution suggested by J. J. Crittenden, which specifically
recognized the right of peaceable secession. He was a member of the First
Confederate Congress and on Nov. 21, 1862, was appointed Secretary of War by
President Davis. He resigned in January, 1865.
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Encyclopaedia, Vol. XX
(New York: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1920)