1803 United States House of Representatives elections in Virginia

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Virginia increased its apportionment from 19 to 22 seats after the 1800 census. Virginia's congressional delegation remained the largest of any state, but would lose this distinction permanently after the Census of 1810. Elections were held over three days in April 1803.

District Incumbent Party First
elected
Result Candidates
Virginia 1 George Jackson
Redistricted from the 3rd district
Democratic-Republican 1795
1797 (Lost)
1799
Incumbent retired.
New member (incumbent's son) elected.
Democratic-Republican hold.
John G. Jackson[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Thomas Wilson (Federalist)
Virginia 2 None (District created) New seat.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
James Stephenson (Federalist) 53.6%
Osborn Sprigg (Democratic-Republican) 46.4%
Virginia 3 John Smith
Redistricted from the 1st district
Democratic-Republican 1801 Incumbent re-elected. John Smith (Democratic-Republican) 89.9%
Joseph Sexton (Democratic-Republican) 10.1%
Virginia 4 David Holmes
Redistricted from the 2nd district
Democratic-Republican 1797 Incumbent re-elected. David Holmes[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Isaac Van Meter (Federalist)
Virginia 5 None (District created) New seat.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
Results were subsequently challenged and overturned.[b]
Thomas Lewis Jr. (Federalist) 44.4%
Andrew Moore (Democratic-Republican) 36.8%
John Woodward (Federalist) 18.7%
Virginia 6 Abram Trigg
Redistricted from the 4th district
Democratic-Republican 1797 Incumbent re-elected. Abram Trigg[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Virginia 7 Richard Brent
Redistricted from the 17th district
Democratic-Republican 1801 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
Joseph Lewis Jr. (Federalist) 56.5%
Richard Brent (Democratic-Republican) 43.5%
Virginia 8 None (District created) New seat.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican gain.
Walter Jones[a][c] (Democratic-Republican)
James Ball (Federalist)
Virginia 9 Philip R. Thompson
Redistricted from the 18th district
Democratic-Republican 1793 Incumbent re-elected. Philip R. Thompson[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Virginia 10 John Dawson
Redistricted from the 15th district
Democratic-Republican 1797 Incumbent re-elected. John Dawson[a] (Democratic-Republican)
William I. Callis (Federalist)
Virginia 11 Anthony New
Redistricted from the 16th district
Democratic-Republican 1793 Incumbent re-elected. Anthony New (Democratic-Republican) 71.4%
John Taylor (Federalist) 28.6%
Virginia 12 None (District created) New seat.
New member elected.
Federalist gain.
Thomas Griffin (Federalist) 50.8%
Burwell Bassett (Democratic-Republican) 49.2%
Virginia 13 John J. Trigg
Redistricted from the 5th district
Democratic-Republican 1797 Incumbent re-elected. John J. Trigg[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Virginia 14 Matthew Clay
Redistricted from the 6th district
Democratic-Republican 1797 Incumbent re-elected. Matthew Clay (Democratic-Republican) 88.9%
James Hurt (Federalist) 11.1%
Virginia 15 John Randolph
Redistricted from the 7th district
Democratic-Republican 1799 Incumbent re-elected. John Randolph[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Paul Carrington (Federalist)
Abraham B. Venable (Democratic-Republican)
Ischaxner Woodson
Virginia 16 William B. Giles
Redistricted from the 9th district
Democratic-Republican 1790 (Special)
1798 (Resigned)
1801
Incumbent retired.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican hold.
John W. Eppes[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Virginia 17 Thomas Claiborne
Redistricted from the 8th district
Democratic-Republican 1793
1801
Incumbent re-elected. Thomas Claiborne (Democratic-Republican) 51.3%
Richard Field (Federalist) 48.7%
Virginia 18 None (District created) New seat.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican gain.
Peterson Goodwyn (Democratic-Republican) 66.9%
James Jones (Federalist) 33.1%
Virginia 19 Edwin Gray
Redistricted from the 10th district
Democratic-Republican 1799 Incumbent re-elected. Edwin Gray[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Virginia 20 Thomas Newton Jr.
Redistricted from the 11th district
Democratic-Republican 1799 Incumbent re-elected. Thomas Newton Jr.[a] (Democratic-Republican)
Virginia 21 Samuel J. Cabell
Redistricted from the 14th district
Democratic-Republican 1795 Incumbent lost re-election.
New member elected.
Democratic-Republican hold.
Thomas M. Randolph (Democratic-Republican) 50.4%
Samuel J. Cabell (Democratic-Republican) 49.6%
Virginia 22 John Clopton
Redistricted from the 13th district
Democratic-Republican 1801 Incumbent re-elected. John Clopton[a] (Democratic-Republican)
James Rind (Federalist)

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Numbers of votes missing or incomplete in source
  2. ^ Thomas Lewis Jr. (Federalist) was initially declared the winner with 1,004 votes for Lewis, 832 for Andrew Moore (Democratic-Republican), and 423 for John Woodward (Federalist). However, upon investigation by the House Committee on Elections, it was determined that 355 votes for Lewis and 124 votes for Moore were cast by individuals who did not meet Virginia's voter qualifications, making the adjusted totals 708 legal votes for Moore and 649 legal votes for Lewis, thus, the Committee awarded this seat to Moore on March 5, 1804.[1]
  3. ^ Only the two top candidates listed here, partial returns suggest Jones won by a very large majority

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A New Nation Votes: American Elections Returns 1787-1825: Virginia 1803 House of Representatives District 5".