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George Fayerman

Member From: 1869 - 1871

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  • Bio: George Fayerman represented Petersburg in the House of Delegates (1869–1871) for the first session in which African Americans could vote for its members. Born free, Fayerman settled in Petersburg after the American Civil War (1861–1865), and by 1867 he had become a leader in the city’s Republican Party. When, in 1869, the party split into two factions, he won a seat in the House as a member of the radical wing. Fayerman pushed for African American political rights as a delegate but did not stand for reelection in 1871. Two years later he won the first of two terms on Petersburg’s common council. In 1879 Fayerman aligned with the new Readjuster Party, and attended an 1881 convention in which most African Americans entered into a coalition with the new organization. In his later years he operated a livery stable and established a grocery. Fayerman died, possibly of consumption or typhoid fever, in 1890.

  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Petersburg City Council
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Petersburg True Republican - Conservative Counties, Cities and Towns

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