|President pro tempore of the United States Senate|
February 20, 1795 - December 8, 1795
|United States Senator|
December 29, 1794 - January 24, 1799
|Wilson C. Nicholas|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Williamsburg City|
October 21, 1782 - March 31, 1785
October 4, 1779 - October 1, 1781
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Brunswick County|
October 7, 1776 - October 4, 1779
|Member of the Virginia House of Burgesses from Brunswick County|
June 1, 1775 - May 6, 1776
|Born||November 27, 1753|
Brunswick County, Virginia
|Died||January 24, 1799 (aged 45)|
|Spouse(s)||Dorothea Elizabeth Waller Tazewell|
|Children||Littleton Waller Tazewell |
Sophia Ann Tazewell
|Alma mater||The College of William & Mary|
|Occupation||Lawyer, Politician, Judge|
Born in Brunswick County, Virginia, Tazewell was the son of Littleton and Mary Gray Tazewell. He attended the rural schools, then graduated from the College of William and Mary at Williamsburg, Virginia in 1770. He married Dorothea Elizabeth Waller on January 13, 1774. The couple were the parents of Littleton Waller Tazewell, who became senator and governor of Virginia; and a daughter, Sophia Ann.
A member of the House of Burgesses in 1775, Tazewell was also delegate to the Fourth Virginia Convention of 1775 and the Fifth Virginia Convention of 1776 that wrote the state constitution. From 1778 to 1785 he was a member of General Assembly.
In 1785, Tazewell became judge of the Virginia General Court, and was elevated to Chief Justice of that court, serving in that capacity from 1789 to 1793. He also served as a judge on the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals (later renamed the Virginia Supreme Court) in 1793.
In 1794, Tazewell was elected into the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Taylor. Reelected in 1798, he served from December 29, 1794, until his death. He served as the President pro tempore of the United States Senate in 1795.
Tazewell died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 24, 1799 and is interred at Christ Church Burial Ground. Tazewell County, Virginia,Tazewell, Virginia, Tazewell, Tennessee, and possibly Tazewell County, Illinois are named after him.