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Beverly Browne DOUGLAS

(1822-1878)

DOUGLAS, Beverly Browne, a Representative from Virginia; born at Providence Forge, New Kent County, Va., December 21, 1822; attended Rumford Academy in King William County, the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., Yale College, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; upon his return to the United States reentered William and Mary, and was graduated from the law department in 1843; was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Norfolk, Va.; moved to King William County in 1846 and continued the practice of his profession; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850 and 1851; member of the State senate 1852-1865; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket of Breckinridge and Lane in 1860; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as first lieutenant in Lee’s Rangers, and was successively promoted to the rank of major of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1875, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 22, 1878; interment in the family burying ground at “Zoar,” near Aylett, King William County, Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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