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Neverson Lewis

Member From: 1879 - 1882

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  • Birth Date: ca. 1839 Birth Place:Powhatan County, VA
  • Death Date: October 23, 1918
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Willie Anna Brooks (m. 1864)
  • Children: eleven children, consisting of at least five sons and at least two daughters.
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  • Occupation/Profession: Farmer and Miller
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
    Encyclopedia Virginia Biography
  • Bio: Neverson Lewis served in the House of Delegates from 1879 to 1882 representing the district that included Chesterfield and Powhatan counties and the city of Manchester. Lewis was born, likely into slavery, in Powhatan County, and lived and farmed there his entire life. In 1879 he won election to the House of Delegates as a Republican Readjuster, meaning that he wanted to adjust the repayment of the old antebellum debt to reduce the amount of principal and the rate of interest in order to save money and increase appropriations for the public schools. Lewis voted to pass the 1880 bill to refinance the debt as Readjusters desired, but the governor vetoed the bill and the Senate failed to override it. Lewis died in 1918 in Powhatan County.
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1879-1880 Chesterfield, Manchester and Powhatan Republican Claims
Federal Relations and Resolutions
1881-1882 Chesterfield, Manchester and Powhatan Republican Agriculture and Mining
Banks, Currency and Commerce
Militia and Police
Officers and Offices at the Capitol

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