SEGAR, Joseph Eggleston (1804-1880)

SEGAR, JOSEPH EGGLESTON, a Representative from Virginia; born in King William County, Va., June 1, 1804; attended the common schools; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced; held several local offices; member of the State house of delegates 1836-1838, 1848-1852, and 1855-1861; presented credentials as a Unionist Member-elect to the Thirty-seventh Congress from an election held on October 24, 1861, but the House on February 11, 1862, decided he was not entitled to the seat; subsequently elected to the same Congress and served from March 15, 1862, to March 3, 1863; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Thirty-eighth Congress, but was declared not entitled to the seat by resolution of May 17, 1864, presented credentials on February 17, 1865, as a United States Senator-elect to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1863, caused by the death of Lemuel J. Bowden, but was not permitted to take his seat; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-first Congress, but was not permitted to qualify; unsuccessful Republican candidate for election in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; member of Spanish Claims Commission, 1877-1880; died on a steamer while en route from Norfolk, Va., to Washington, D.C., April 30, 1880; interment in St. John's Cemetery, Hampton, Va.

Clemson University
Special Collections and Archives
Clemson, SC
Papers: In the Richard K. Crallé Collection 1818-1856, 0.50 cubic foot.
Other authors include Joseph Eggleston Segar.


Dartmouth College
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1850, 1 page.
A letter from Joseph Segar to Daniel Webster written on April 8, 1850. In the letter, Segar thanks Webster for his great and noble speech on the slavery question.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1878, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Eggleston Segar to President Hayes written on June 4, 1878. In the letter, Joseph Segar recommends Thomas H. Hodgkin for a judgeship.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Janney Family Papers, 1695-1981, 2750 items.
Correspondents include Joseph E. Segar.

Papers: In the Alexander H.H. Stuart Papers, ca. 1776-1878, approximately 600 items.
Other authors include Joseph Eggleston Segar.

  • Atkinson, R. J. (Robert J.). Argument of R. J. Atkinson ... in the case of Hon, Joseph Segar. [Washington: N.p., 1866].
  • Letters relating to election in First Congressional District of Virginia. [N.p.,1861?]
  • Segar, Joseph Eggleston. Address of Joseph Segar, to the voters of the Norfolk district. (From the Norfolk Day book.) [Washington: N.p., 1876].
  • ------. Letter of Hon. Joseph Segar, to a friend in Virginia, in vindication of his course in declining to follow his state into secession. Washington, D.C.: W.H. Moore, printer, 1862.
  • ------. Remonstrance against the removal of the buildings of the Hygeia Hotel. [Washington, D.C.?]: W.H. Moore, Print., [1862?]
  • ------. Speech of Hon. Joseph Segar, in the House of Representatives, Dec. 10, 1862, on the bill to form the new state of West Virginia. [Washington: W. H. Moore, printer, 1862].
  • ------. Speech of Hon. Joseph Segar, on re-construction: At Hampton, July 27, 1867. [N.p., 1867?]
  • ------. [Speech of Joseph Eggleston Segar]. [N.p., 1864].
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Joseph Segar (of Elizabeth City and Warwick) on the Wilmot proviso. Delivered in the House of delegates, January 19, 1849. Richmond: Printed by Shepherd and Colin, 1849.
  • ------. Speech of Mr. Segar, (of Elizabeth City and Warwick,) on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad bill. Delivered in the House of Delegates, Friday and Saturday, 23d and 24th February 1849. Richmond: Printed by Shepherd and Colin, 1849.
  • ------. Vindication of the Union. Speech of Hon. Joseph Segar, of the First Congressional District of Virginia, before the Union Meeting in Portsmouth, Va., on Saturday, May 31, 1862. Washington, D.C.: Printed by W. H. Moore, 1862.