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Guy Powell

Member From: 1881 - 1882

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  • Birth Date: 1851 Birth Place:Brunswick County, Virginia
  • Death Date: by November 19, 1900
  • Gender: Male Race: African American
  • Spouse: Mary Ann Ryland (m. January 27, 1869)
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  • Religion: Baptist
  • Education: Wayland Seminary (Washington, DC)
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  • Occupation/Profession: Minister
  • Memberships/Affiliations: Poplar Mount Baptist Church (Powelton, VA), Bethany Baptist Association Convention (moderator), Baptist Convention of South-Side Virginia (moderator), Virginia Baptist State Convention (vice president in 1894-1895), Cool Spring Baptist Church (Franklin, VA)
  • Additional Info Links: Bio from Virginia's Martin Luther King Jr. Commission
    Encyclopedia Virginia Biography
  • Bio: Guy Powell, a minister, was born a slave in 1851 in Brunswick County, the son of Milton and Pythena Powell. He was educated at Wayland Seminary in Washington, D.C. He became a property owner and, in 1879, he and his brother bought 217 acres. In 1881, he bought the half-interest in the land from his brother. Mr. Powell represented Brunswick County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1881 to 1882. He also served in the Senate of Virginia, representing Nottoway, Lunenburg, and Brunswick Counties from 1875 to 1879. For a number of years he served as the pastor of a Baptist church in Brunswick County and spent the last years of his life in Franklin. The date of his death is unknown. He died in 1900.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Senate of Virginia (1875-1879)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1881-1882 Brunswick Republican Federal Relations and Resolutions
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