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Governor William Evelyn Cameron ("R"-VA)

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  • Ram Lau
    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
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 21, 2005
      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?

      Ram

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_E._Cameron
      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
      Carolina.

      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.
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