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Ballard Trent Edwards

Member From: 1869 - 1871

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  • Birth Date: 1828 Birth Place:Manchester, Virginia
  • Death Date: March 27, 1881
  • Gender: Male Race: African American, Native American
  • Spouse: Sarah Ann Coy (m. August 23, 1850)
  • Children: 12
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Additional Info: ​Ballard Trent Edwards, a bricklayer, plasterer, and contractor, was born free in Manchester (now part of Richmond) in 1828 of mixed-race ancestry. His mother was a teacher, and he opened a school for freedmen in Manchester after the American Civil War. He held office as overseer of the poor in Chesterfield County, and as a magistrate after Manchester became a city in 1874. He represented Chesterfield and Powhatan Counties in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1869 to 1871, where he proposed a measure banning racial discrimination by railroad and steamboat companies. A leader in the First Baptist Church, Manchester (later First Baptist Church of South Richmond), Mr. Edwards was also active in the Masons. He died in 1881.​
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Magistrate - City of Manchester
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Chesterfield and Powhatan Radical Republican Manufactures and Mechanic Arts

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