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William N. Stevens

Member From: 1869 - 1871

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  • Bio: William N. Stevens was born in 1850 to a Petersburg family that had been free for three or four generations. Mr. Stevens was a lawyer and represented Sussex County in the House of Delegates from 1869 to 1871, and the district of Dinwiddie, Greensville, and Sussex Counties from 1871 to 1879, and in 1881 and 1882 in the Senate of Virginia. He wrote to Charles Sumner in 1870 on behalf of the Civil Rights Bill: "We are as much today the victims of this hateful prejudice of caste as though we were not men and citizens." Mr. Stevens died of cancer in 1891. His father, Christopher Stevens, served on the Petersburg City Council, and a brother, J. A. C. Stevens, served as justice of the peace.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Senate of Virginia (1872-1879, 1882-1883)
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1869-1871 Sussex Agriculture and Mining
Militia and Police

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