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Miles Connor

Member From: 1875 - 1877

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  • Birth Date: early 1830's Birth Place:Norfork County, Virginia
  • Death Date: June 28, 1893
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Lucy Fisher; Joanna Watts
  • Children: 12+
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Additional Info: ​Miles Connor was a farmer and minister born a slave probably in Norfolk County in the early 1830s to parents Richard and Matilda Connor. He served as a valet and house servant. He was educated and could read and write. After emancipation, Mr. Connor emerged as a leader among the freedmen of Norfolk County, assisting in the organizing of churches and fraternal societies. He represented Norfolk County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1875 to 1877, serving on the House Militia and Police Committee. After leaving the General Assembly, he served as a justice of the peace from 1887 to 1891 in Norfolk County. His son Miles Washington Connor became the first president of Coppin State Teachers College (later Coppin State University) in Baltimore, Maryland. Miles Connor died in June 1893 and his funeral was held at Churchland Grove Baptist Church.​
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Justice of the Peace - Norfolk County
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1875-1877 Norfolk County Republican Militia and Police

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