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Asa Coleman

Member From: 1871 - 1873

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  • Birth Date: 1832 Birth Place:Possibly North Carolina
  • Death Date: Unknown
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Amanda; Mary
  • Children: 1+
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Additional Info: ​Asa Coleman was born a slave probably in North Carolina in the early 1830s. His parents may have been Matthew and Frances Coleman. He moved to Halifax County by 1869. Before the American Civil War, he may have lived in Louisiana. He had a limited education, but he was well versed in politics. In 1872 Mr. Coleman bought at public auction 150 acres of land, for which he paid $982.50. The county approved the deed and conveyed it to him three years later. He represented Halifax County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1871 to 1873, serving three sessions. He was a member of the House Committee on Asylums and Prisons and was with the General Assembly delegation that met with President Ulysses S. Grant in 1872 to support what became the Civil Rights Act of 1875. A farmer and carpenter, Mr. Coleman is believed to have died sometime after February 24, 1893.​
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1871-1873 Halifax Radical Republican Asylums and Prisons

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