Thomas Van Swearingen

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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 byEdward Colston
Succeeded byJames Stephenson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Jefferson County
In office
Alongside George Humphreys
Personal details
Born(1784-05-05)May 5, 1784
Shepherdstown, Virginia
DiedAugust 19, 1822(1822-08-19) (aged 38)
Shepherdstown, Virginia
Political partyFederalist

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[edit]

  • 1819; Van Swearingen was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 55.71% of the vote, defeating fellow Federalist Edward Colston.
  • 1821; Van Swearingen was re-elected with 83.21% of the vote, defeating Independent Robert Bailey.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Thomas Van Swearingen (id: V000059)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

External links[edit]

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

Succeeded by
James Stephenson