John Lamb Edit Profile
Educated by his father, who taught a private school Served private to captain 3d. Virginia Cavalry, C.S.A. Wounded several times.
Returned to Charles City Company, where he was raised and engaged in farming.
During the Civil War he enlisted in the Confederate States Army, Company D, Third Virginia Cavalry, and commanded his company for three years. After the war, Lamb engaged in mercantile pursuits as well as serving as sheriff, treasurer, and surveyor of Charles City County. He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth and to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1913), where he served as chairman of the Committee on Agriculture (Sixty-second Congress).
He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection. After leaving Congress, Lamb served as the superintendent of Battle Abbey, a Confederate memorial institute in Richmond, Virginia, where he died on November 21, 1924. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery.
1896; Lamb was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.54% of the vote, defeating Republican L.L. Lewis, Independent Republicans Elisha L. Lewis, William H. Lewis, and John Mitchell, and Progressive James O. Atwood. 1898; Lamb was re-elected with 69.14% of the vote, defeating Republicans Otis H. Russell and Benjamin B. Wiesiger and Independents John J. Quantz and Allie Dillard. 1900; Lamb was re-elected with 65.63% of the vote, defeating Republican Edgar Allen and Independent John Laub.
1902; Lamb was re-elected with 81.08% of the vote, defeating Republicans B.W. Edwards and William E. Talley, Socialist Labor Quantz, Socialist T.A. Hollins, and Independent Republican Phillip Harris. 1904; Lamb was re-elected with 78.01% of the vote, defeating Republican Allen, Independent Republican George A. Harrison, Independent J.B. Johnson, Socialist Labor H. Adolph Muller, and Socialist John Catrell. 1906; Lamb was re-elected with 82.17% of the vote, defeating Republican G.H. Hanson, Independent Johnson, and Socialist Hollins.
1908; Lamb was re-elected with 77.24% of the vote, defeating Republican J.G. Luce and Socialist Hollins. 1910; Lamb was re-elected with 84.84% of the vote, defeating Republican W.R. Vawter, Socialist D.D. Harrison, and Socialist Labor Hollins.
Member 55th to 62d Congresses (1897-1913), 3d Virginia District.
Married Mattie Wade, of Charles City Company, 1869.