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William Dennis Evans

Member From: 1877 - 1880

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  • Birth Date: 1831 Birth Place:Prince Edward County, Virginia
  • Death Date: October 15, 1900
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Margaret - married 1855
  • Children: 4+
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  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Additional Info: ​William Dennis Evans was born free in Prince Edward County in 1831 and part of an extended family who had been landowners since before 1800. Mr. Evans learned the trade of painting and paperhanging as an apprentice to a master before the American Civil War. He attended a night school taught by northern missionaries and later became interested in politics. Mr. Evans purchased property in Farmville, was a trustee for the First Baptist Church, and sat on the town council. He received contracts for the interior decoration of buildings in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere. William D. Evans represented Prince Edward County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1877 to 1880. He died in 1900.​
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Farmville Town Council
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1877-1879 Prince Edward Readjuster and Republican Enrolled Bills Committee
Executive Expenditures Committee
1879-1880 Prince Edward Readjuster and Republican Banks, Currency and Commerce
Enrolled Bills Committee (Dates Unknown)
Executive Expenditures Committee

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