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Thomas Van Swearingen

Thomas Van Swearingen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1819 – August 19, 1822
Preceded by Edward Colston
Succeeded by James Stephenson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Jefferson County
In office
1814 – 1815
Alongside George Humphreys
Personal details
Born (1784-05-05)May 5, 1784
Shepherdstown, Virginia
Died August 19, 1822(1822-08-19) (aged 38)
Shepherdstown, Virginia
Political party Federalist

Thomas Van Swearingen (May 5, 1784 – August 19, 1822) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Born near Shepherdstown, Virginia (now West Virginia), Van Swearingen attended the common schools. He served as member of the State House of Delegates 1814–1816.

Van Swearingen was elected to the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Congresses and served from March 4, 1819, until his death in Shepherdstown, Virginia, August 19, 1822. He was interred in Elmwood Cemetery.

He was the third cousin of U.S Representative Henry D. Swearingen of Ohio.

Electoral History


Van Swearingen was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.71% of the vote, defeating fellow Federalist Edward Colston.


Van Swearingen was re-elected with 83.21% of the vote, defeating Independent Robert Bailey.



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

1819 – 1822
Succeeded by
James Stephenson
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