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Alexander Owen

Member From: 1869 - 1871

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  • Birth Date: ca. 1830 Birth Place:Halifax County, VA
  • Death Date: ca. 1898
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Eliza Brooks (m. December 26, 1866, d. August 17, 1872) Malinda “Lindy” Wiley (m. July 4, 1873, div. 1885) Clarissa "Clara" Lewellen Pool (m. April 15, 1886)
  • Children: five sons and two daughters
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  • Occupation/Profession: Ditcher and Politician
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
    Bio from Encyclopedia Virginia
  • Bio: Alexander Owen represented Halifax County in the House of Delegates. Born into slavery, he worked as a ditcher after the American Civil War (1861–1865). Elected in 1869 to the assembly, Owen voted to ratify the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments and proposed unsuccessful legislation to allow two women to continue selling apples at their stand in the capitol’s vestibule. He made a motion to support an association to aid white widows and orphans in southern states. Owen consulted frequently with his former enslaver on issues that came before the assembly, especially various railroad consolidation bills. He voted with the majority in favor of the Funding Act of 1871, to provide for the payment of Virginia’s antebellum public debt. After his term in the assembly, he purchased land in Black Walnut District from his former enslaver’s son. Owen last appeared in the Halifax County personal property tax records in 1898 and probably died in that year or the next. His place of burial is not known.
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1869-1871 Halifax Asylums and Prisons

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