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Hon Abraham Watkins Venable
US Congressman, CSA Congressman. Venable served as a U.S. Representative from North Carolina from 1847 to 1853. During the Civil War, he served in the Confederate Congress from 1861 to 1864. (bio by: Evening Blues)
Abram Watkins Venable and his wife Isabella Alston Brown, removed (1838) from Prince Edward Co Va, to live on Dr Brown's estate, "Brownsville" near Oxford, NC. Abram W Venable, AB, Hampden-Sidney College, Va 1816; studied medicine for several years; MA, Princeton, 1819; admitted to the bar in 1821; Presidential elector on Jackson-Van Buren ticket, 1832; Presidential elector, 1836; member of the US Congress, 1847, 1849, 1851, 1853, from NC; Democratic elector, 1860, from NC; Representive of Granville district, NC, in the Confederate Congress when Richmond was the seat of Government. He was a staunch friend of John C Calhoun to whom he rendered some service in his last illness. The State of South Carolina, in appreciation of this, presented Abram W Venable with a handsome bust of himself. He was an elder in the Presbyterian Church for over fifty years and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Union Theological Seminary at Hampden-Sidney College.
A letter received in this city,yesterday morning, from Oxford, Granville County, announces that Hon Abram W Venable died at his residence in that town on Saturday evening last at 5:50 o'clock. Mr Venable has, for several years, been very feeble, and latterly his decline has been so rapid that it has been apparent not only to all of his friends, but even to himself, that his dissoultion was near at hand. And so, on Saturday evening last, when the final summons came, it found this aged christian ready and willing to go; and after the toils and conflicts of life, he came to his end in a full age, rejoicing in the hope of a glorious immortality beyond the grave. For some time past, Mr Venable has been too feeble to read or to talk at any length of time consecutively, but during all these wearisome days he was cheered by the consolations of religion; and much of his time was devoted to composing hymss, which he called "songs in the night," and which were written at his dictation. We have been permitted to see a letter received yesterday morning by Mrs S Taylor Martin of this city, a daughter of the deceased, which contained the following incident of Mr Venable's dying moments. A few moments before he expired, he called the writer of this letter to his bedside and said: " I am a dying man, I now realize those lines I wrote, "songs in the night," and then he repeated the following, an original continuance of "Just as I Am":
"Just as I am. when death draws near,
In his dark vale I'll feel no fear;
With rod and staff my soul to cheer,
Thou Lamb of God, wilt come."
With facilties unclouded by the mists of death, he left a message for each member of his family, and bidding those around him farewell, and sank in the sleep of death.
Mr Venable was a lawyer by profession, and in his earlier life, figured conspicuously in the politics of the State. He was a Presidental Elector in 1832, and again in 1836, voting in the first instance for Andrew Jackson. and in the second for Martin Van Buren. He was elected to Congress from the district of which Granville County was a part of in 1847, again in 1849; again in 1851. He served in State Conventions and in other capacities after this time.
Mr Venable, at the time of his death, was in the 76th year of his age. He was buried on Monday morning at the family burying ground in Granville County.
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