US Congressman. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1839, studied in France, then studied law and became an attorney in 1842. He served in the State Senate in 1861 and in the same year was also member of Virginia's secession convention. He joined the Confederate Army and served as a Lieutenant Colonel, commanding Calvary units throughout the Civil War. After the war he was appointed Circuit Court Judge, but was removed after Congress passed a temporary resolution barring from office anyone who had fought for the Confederacy. Critcher was elected to the US House of Representatives as a Democrat in 1870. He served one term, 1871 to 1873, and did not run for reelection in 1872. After serving in Congress he returned to his law practice and served in the Virginia Senate from 1874 to 1877.
Bio by: Bill McKern