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EPPES, John Wayles, senator, born in Virginia in 1773; died near Richmond, Virginia, 20 September 1823. He received an academic education, and. after studying law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Richmond. In 1803 he was elected as a Democrat to the U. S. House of Representatives, and with successive reelections served continuously from 17 October 1803, till 3 March 1811. Later he was elected to the 13th congress, and served from 24 May 1813, till 3 March 1815. He was chosen U. S. senator in 1817 but resigned the office two years afterward on account of failing health, and retired to his estates in Chesterfield County. He married Maria, the daughter of Thomas Jefferson, who died at Monticello in April 1804.
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