CABELL, Samuel Jordan (1756-1818)

CABELL, SAMUEL JORDAN, a Representative from Virginia; born in Albemarle (now Nelson) County, Va., December 15, 1756; attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; left school to enter the Revolutionary Army; appointed captain of Amherst County Volunteers in 1776; assigned to the Sixth Virginia Regiment; promoted to the rank of major for gallantry at Saratoga in 1777; served in Washington's army in 1778 and 1779 and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel; was taken prisoner by the British May 12, 1780, at the capture of Charleston; after the war returned to Virginia and engaged in planting; member of the State house of delegates 1785-1792; member of ratification convention in 1788; elected as a Republican to the Fourth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1795-March 3, 1803); was not a candidate for reelection in 1802; died on his estate ``Soldiers' Joy,'' near New Market (now Norwood), Nelson County, Va., August 4, 1818; interment in the family burying ground on his farm near Norwood, Va.

The Huntington Library
Manuscripts Department
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Cabell Family Papers, 1778-1893, approximately 100 pages.
Includes Samuel Jordan Cabell's address to his constituents from 1800. An unpublished finding aid is available in the library.


National Archives and Records Administration
Center for Legislative Archives
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Committee Reports and Papers of the Eighth Congress, 1803-1805, 5 inches.
Documentation by the Committee on Elections on the contested election of Samuel J. Cabell v. Thomas Mann Randolph of Virginia.