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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+
  • Religion: Baptist
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  • Occupation/Profession: Painter and Interior decorator
  • Memberships/Affiliations: First Baptist Church Farmville
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
    Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
  • Bio: William D. Evans represented Prince Edward County in the House of Delegates for two terms (1877–1880). Born free, he apprenticed as a housepainter and worked as a servant during the American Civil War (1861–1865). He sat on Farmville‘s town council in 1873 and 1874, one of several local offices he held during his political career. In 1877, despite a new poll tax that greatly limited the number of African American candidates, he won a seat in the assembly. Evans prevailed again two years later and during his second term he joined the Readjuster–Republican alliance that controlled the General Assembly from 1879 to 1883 and refinanced the state debt. He worked as a painter and interior decorator in Washington, D.C., and as a constable in Farmville until his death 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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