Governor William Evelyn Cameron ("R"-VA)
- The Southern politicans of the more libearl party of any given era
constitute its more moderate fraction. That's always true.
The Southern Republicans between the Civil War and the pre-FDR era,
though just a few of them, were the moderates of their times. Then,
the Southern Democrats have always been the moderates ever since FDR.
But even more so, do we see a Readjuster (the true post-Civil War
moderate third party) in Mark Warner?
William Evelyn Cameron (November 29, 1842 January 25, 1927) was a
soldier, lawyer, journalist, and politician. He served as Governor of
Virginia from 1882-1886. He was the candidate of the Readjuster Party
headed by William T. Mahone.
William Evelyn Cameron was born in Petersburg, Virginia. His parents
were Walker Anderson Cameron and Elizabeth Page Walker Cameron. He
attended local schools, then a military academy in Hillsboro, North
Cameron briefly attended Washington College in St. Louis, Missouri,
and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at
West Point, New York.
When the American Civil War started, he abandoned his preparatory
studies and joined the Confederate Army, serving throughout the war.
After the war, Cameron returned to Petersburg, where he married Louisa
Clarinda Egerton (1846-1908) on October 1, 1868. They had three
children. He initially began practicing law. However, he decided to
pursue a career in journalism and edited newspapers in Petersburg,
Norfolk and Richmond, Virginia.
Cameron served as mayor of Petersburg from 1876 to 1882. In 1881, he
was the candidate of the Readjuster Party headed by William T. Mahone
and was elected governor of Virginia. During his term from 1882-1886,
he attempted to implement his party's programs of debt reduction and
racial integration in certain areas.
After his term as governor ended in 1886, Cameron briefly left
Virginia, before returning and resuming a career in politics as more
conservative politician. Cameron represented Petersburg in the
Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901-1902. He served as editor
of the Norfolk Virginia-Pilot newspaper from 1906 to 1919.
William Evelyn Cameron died on January 25, 1927 at the home of one of
his sons in Louisa County, Virginia. He was buried at Blandford
Cemetery in Petersburg.