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Elliott Muse Braxton
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Preceded by Lewis McKenzie
Succeeded by John T. Harris
Personal details
Born (1823-10-08)October 8, 1823
Mathews, Virginia
Died October 2, 1891(1891-10-02) (aged 67)
Fredericksburg, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer

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Elliott Muse Braxton (October 8, 1823 – October 2, 1891) was a nineteenth-century politician and lawyer from Virginia. He was the great-grandson of Carter Braxton.


Born in Mathews, Virginia, Braxton attended the common schools as a child, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1849, commencing in Richmond, Virginia. He moved to Richmond County, Virginia and served in the Virginia Senate from 1852 to 1856. He later moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1860 and continued practicing law. At the outbreak of the Civil War, Braxton raised a company for the Confederate Army and was elected its captain. He was later promoted to a major and served in the staff of General John R. Cooke. After the war, Braxton was elected a member of the common council of Fredericksburg in 1866 and was later elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1870, serving from 1871 to 1873. After being unsuccessful for reelection in 1872, Braxton resumed practicing law in Fredericksburg until his death there on October 2, 1891. He was interred there in the Confederate Cemetery.

Electoral History


Braxton was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives unopposed.

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Preceded by
Lewis McKenzie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 7th congressional district

March 4, 1871 – March 3, 1873
Succeeded by
John T. Harris

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