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Member From: 1871 - 1873
- Birth Date: June 30, 1844 Birth Place:Amelia County, Virginia
- Death Date: May 30, 1926
- Gender: Male Race: African American
- Spouse: Mary P. Bolling (m. January 29, 1873)
- Children: 4+
- Religion: Baptist
- Military Service:
- Occupation/Profession: bricklayer, teacher, minister, and mason
- Memberships/Affiliations: Chester Grove Baptist Church
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Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
- Bio: McDowell Delaney represented Amelia County for one term in the House of Delegates (1871–1873). Born to free parents, Delaney worked for a Confederate infantry company during the American Civil War (1861–1865) and likely held a job later with the Freedmen’s Bureau. He entered politics by 1869, when he lost a race for the county’s House of Delegates seat. Two years later Delaney won by a large margin and sided with the majority in trying to circumvent the Funding Act of 1871. Divisions within the local Republican Party likely caused his failed reelection bid, though he did represent Amelia at a state convention of African Americans in 1875. In subsequent years Delaney served in a variety of local offices, including justice of the peace, coroner, and constable. He also became engaged in such occupations as operating an ordinary, repairing bridges, teaching, ministering in a Baptist church, and farming. He moved to Cumberland County and successfully applied for a Confederate pension in 1924. He died in 1926.
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