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William A. Anderson

Member From: 1883 - 1919 Ex.

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  • Birth Date: May 11, 1842 Birth Place:Montrose, Fincastle, VA
  • Death Date: June 21, 1930
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
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  • Education: Washington College (1857-1861) University of Virginia (graduated 1866) Hampden-Syndey College (LL.D.)
  • Military Service: CSA, Company I, 4th Va. Infantry (part of Stonewall Brigade)
  • Occupation/Profession: Attorney
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Episcopal Church Westmoreland Club Phi Beta Kappa (charter member, honorary from William and Mary) Phi Kappa Si (Washington College) Sons of Revolution Society of Cincinnati (eligible) Masons State Democratic Committee (member 1885-1890) Virginia Bar Association (president, 1900) Convention (1901-1902) Introduced the Ruffner Bill (established the public school system in Virginia)
  • Additional Info Links: https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/Anderson_William_A_1842-1930
  • Additional Info: ​*This convention, meeting in Richmond from June12 - 26, 1901, drafted and proclaimed in force the Constitution of 1902, which created the State Corporation Commission and made payment of a poll tax a prerequisite for voting.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Senate of Virginia (1869-1873)
    Virginia Constitutional Convention (1901)
    Virginia Attorney General (January 1, 1902–February 1, 1910, Democrat.)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1883-1884 Rockbridge Democrat Schools and Colleges (Chair)
Executive Expenditures
Finance
1887-1888 Rockbridge Democrat Schools and Colleges (Chair)
Claims
Finance
Rules
1918-1919 County of Rockbridge; City of Buena Vista Democrat Appropriations
Claims
Military and Police
Schools and Colleges
1919 Ex. County of Rockbridge; City of Buena Vista Democrat Appropriations
Claims
Military and Police
Schools and Colleges

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