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Member From: 1871 - 1875
- Birth Date: 1841 Birth Place:Prince George County, Virginia
- Death Date: January 23, 1893
- Gender: Male Race: African American, Native American
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- Occupation/Profession: Farmer and Porter
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Encyclopedia Virginia Biography
- Bio: William Gilliam served in the House of Delegates from 1871 to 1875. He represented Prince George County, where he was born to a free African American couple. Gilliam was a farmer who owned a four-acre tract of land on the outskirts of Petersburg; he was elected to the first of two consecutive terms in the House of Delegates in 1871. Identified in newspaper reports as a Radical Republican, Gilliam was active in the assembly and introduced numerous bills, although only one—authorizing a Prince George County business to construct a pier on the James River—passed. When he ran for a third term in 1875, some ballots in his district were lost and others were not reported; his Conservative opponent was declared the winner and seated despite Gilliam’s request for a recount. After this, Gilliam appeared to withdraw from partisan politics. He moved with his family to New York City, where he died in 1893.
|1871-1873||Prince George||Manufactures and Mechanic Arts|
|1874-1875||Prince George||Republican||Manufactures and Mechanic Arts
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