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Hugh White Sheffey

Member From: 1861 - 1865

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  • Birth Date: April 12, 1815 Birth Place:Wythe County, Virginia
  • Death Date: April 8, 1889
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Louisa Cole
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  • Additional Info: 1861-1863 Assembly-Hugh W. Sheefey succeeded James L. Kemper as Speaker in the 1863 session.
  • Bio: Born in Wythe County, Va., April 12, 1815 Died in Staunton, Va., April 8, 1889 Buried in Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Va. Hugh W. Sheffey of Augusta County was the son of Henry L. and Margaret (White) Sheffey. He attended Yale College and was a lawyer. He was a member of the House of Delegates, 1846-50, 1861-65; the State Senate, 1852-53; the Constitutional Convention of 1850; and was appointed by Governor Francis Pierpont and elected judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit, February 22, 1866. He married, December 23, 1847, Louisa Cole, daughter of John and Mary (McDonough) Cole of Baltimore, Md., leaving no living issue but two adopted children of his deceased brother.

    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerk was WILLIAM FITZHUGH GORDON, JR.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Virginia Constitutional Convention: 1850
    Virginia Senate: 1852-1853
    Speaker of the House - 1863 - 1865
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1861-1863 Augusta Speaker of the House Roads and Internal Navigation (Chair)
1863-1865 Augusta Speaker of the House

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