Archibald Atkinson Edit Profile
He attended the law department of William and Mary College (now the Marshall-Wythe School of Law), Williamsburg, Virginia.
Born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Atkinson received a liberal education. He served during the War of 1812. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Smithfield, Virginia.
Atkinson was elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth, and Thirtieth Congresses (March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1849). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1848 to the Thirty-first Congress. He served as prosecuting attorney for Isle of Wight County.
He died in Smithfield, Virginia, on January 7, 1872. He was interred in the graveyard of Old St. Luke's Church, four miles southeast of Smithfield. 1841; Atkinson lost his first election for the U.S. House of Representatives.
He was defeated by Whig Francis Mallory, winning only 11.26% of the vote. 1843; Atkinson was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.07% of the vote, defeating Whig James E. Langhorne. 1845; Atkinson was re-elected with 55.9% of the vote, defeating Whig R.H. Whitfield.
1847; Atkinson was re-elected with 50.82% of the vote, defeating Whig Samuel Watts.
He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates 1815–1817 and 1828–1831, and served in the Virginia Senate 1839–1843.