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Armistead S. Nickens
Member From: 1871 - 1875
- Birth Date: July, 1836 Birth Place:Lancaster County, Virginia
- Death Date: April 25 or 26, 1906
- Gender: Male Race: African American
- Spouse: Sophronia Wood; Violet Watkins (m. November 19, 1871)
- Children: 7+
- Religion: Baptist
- Military Service:
- Occupation/Profession: Sawyer and Farmer
- Memberships/Affiliations: Saint John’s Colored Baptist Church (trustee) Calvary Baptist Church (deacon)
Additional Info Links:
Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
- Bio: Armistead S. Nickens represented Lancaster County in the House of Delegates for two terms (1871–1875). Born into a free family, Nickens became prosperous enough by the end of the American Civil War (1861–1865) that the local agent of the Freedmen’s Bureau listed him as a respectable citizen capable of holding public office. Nickens won his first term in 1871, becoming the first African American elected official in county history. He gained a second term in 1873 by a scant twenty-nine votes. After his term in the assembly Nickens received an appointment as a special collector of delinquent taxes in Lancaster County. A landowner, according to local tradition Nickens advocated a bridge across the Rappahannock River that would connect Tappahannock and Richmond County. He died at home in 1906.
|1871-1873||Lancaster||Radical Republican/Readjuster||Agriculture and Mining Committee (Dates Unknown)
Militia and Police
|1874-1875||Lancaster||Radical Republican/Readjuster||Agriculture and Mining
Militia and Police
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