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Benjamin Watkins Lacy

Member From: 1874 - 1880

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  • Birth Date: January 27, 1839 Birth Place:"Ellsworth", New Kent County, Virginia
  • Death Date: May 15, 1895
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Sarah Rebecca Osborne
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  • Additional Info: 1877-1879 Assembly-The seat of John M. Gregory was successfully contested by Benjamin W. Lacy.
  • Bio: Born at “Ellsworth”, New Kent County, Va., January 27,1839. Died at “Marl Springs”, New Kent County, Va., May 15,1895. Buried at St. Peter's Church, New Kent County, Va. Benjamin Watkins Lacy of Charles City and New Kent Counties was the son of Richard Terrell and Ellen Green (Lane) Lacy. He was educated at the University of Virginia. He enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army on April 19, 1861, and was made first lieutenant commanding his company, part of the famous 3rd Virginia Cavalry of the Army of Northern Virginia. He was wounded in action three times, and was with General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. He began the practice of law in 1866 in partnership with his father. He was elected judge of the county court of Charles City and New Kent Counties, May 2, 1870, resigned in 1873; member of the House of Delegates, 1874-81; elected judge of the Eighth Judicial Circuit in 1880 and resigned in 1882; and elected judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia, February 25, 1882. He married, November 14, 1878, Sarah Rebecca Osborne, daughter of Reverend Michael and Sophronia (Osborn) Osborne of Farmville.

    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerk was PATRICK H. McCAULL.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Speaker of the House - 1879 - 1880
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1874-1875 Charles City and New Kent Democrat Courts of Justice
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1875-1877 Charles City and New Kent Democrat Courts of Justice
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1877-1879 Charles City and New Kent Courts of Justice
1879-1880 Charles City and New Kent Republican Speaker of the House Rules (Chair)

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