James Gaven Field (February 24, 1826 – October 12, 1901) was an Attorney General of Virginia and the People's Party candidate for Vice President of the United States in 1892.[1]

James Field
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Attorney General of Virginia
In office
August 29, 1877 – January 1, 1882
GovernorJames L. Kemper
Frederick W. M. Holliday
Preceded byRaleigh Daniel
Succeeded byFrank S. Blair
Personal details
Born(1826-02-24)February 24, 1826
Culpeper County, Virginia, U.S.
DiedOctober 12, 1901(1901-10-12) (aged 75)
Gordonsville, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Populist (1892)


James Gaven Field was born at Walnut, Culpeper County, Virginia, the son of Judge Lewis Yancy and Maria (Duncan) Field, and a descendant of Sir John Field, of England. After attending a classical school, he engaged in mercantile pursuits at Fairfax, Virginia, and subsequently taught school.


In 1848 he accompanied Maj. Hill, paymaster in the U.S. Army, to California as clerk, and became engaged in the pay department of the U.S. Army. He was chosen a secretary of the convention that framed the first constitution of the state of California in 1850, and in October of the same year returned to Virginia, where he studied law with his uncle, Judge Richard H. Field, and was admitted to the bar in 1852. He was the Commonwealth’s attorney of his native county during 1859-61.

In the civil war he served on the staff of General A. P. Hill, with the rank of major; was wounded at the Battle of Cold Harbor and lost a leg at the Battle of Cedar Creek.

He became Attorney General of Virginia in 1877, and after serving five years in this capacity retired to a farm in Albemarle County, Virginia. In 1892 he was the People's Party candidate for Vice President of the United States on the ticket with James B. Weaver for president. The ticket did remarkably well and received the electoral votes of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, and Nevada along with two more electoral votes from North Dakota and Oregon: twenty-two electoral votes in total. The ticket also received 1,041,028 popular votes.

Personal lifeEdit

He was married, first in 1854, to a Miss Cowherd, and, second, in 1882, to Miss Logwood.


His last years were spent in Gordonsville, Virginia, and he died there, October 12, 1901.


  1. ^ Tarter, Brent. "Field, James Gaven (1826–1902)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Raleigh Daniel
Attorney General of Virginia
Succeeded by
Frank S. Blair
Party political offices
New political party Populist nominee for President of the United States

Succeeded by
Thomas E. Watson