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Edward Colston (U.S. Representative)


Edward Colston (U.S. Representative)

Edward Colston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819
Preceded by Magnus Tate
Succeeded by Thomas Van Swearingen
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Berkeley County
In office
Alongside Edmund Hunter
In office
1826 – 1827
Alongside William Good, Moses T. Hunter
In office
1823 – 1824
Alongside Israel Robinson
In office
Alongside George Portersfield
In office
1812 – 1813
Alongside George Portersfield, Elisha Boyd
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Botetourt County
In office
Alongside James Cartmill, George Wilson
Personal details
Born (1786-12-25)December 25, 1786
Winchester, Virginia
Died April 23, 1852(1852-04-23) (aged 65)
Berkeley County, Virginia
Resting place Honey Wood, Berkeley County, Virginia
Political party Federalist (before 1833)
Other political
Whig (after 1833)
Alma mater Princeton College
Occupation lawyer
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Battles/wars War of 1812

Edward Colston (December 25, 1786 – April 23, 1852) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Born near Winchester, Virginia, Colston studied under private teachers, and was graduated from Princeton College in 1806. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and practiced. He served in the War of 1812. He served as member of the State house of delegates 1812–1814 from 1816 to 1817 from 1823 to 1828, and 1833–1835. High sheriff of Berkeley County 1844 and 1845.

Colston was elected as a Federalist to the Fifteenth Congress (March 4, 1817 – March 3, 1819) with 64.35% of the vote, defeating Democratic-Republicans Daniel Morgan and Robert Bailey. He died at "Honeywood," Berkeley County, Virginia (now West Virginia), April 23, 1852. He was interred in the family burying ground on his estate, "Honeywood," near Hedgesville, Berkeley County, W.Virginia.


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Preceded by
Magnus Tate
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1817 – 1819
Succeeded by
Thomas Van Swearingen
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