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William Francis STEVENSON

(1861-1942)

STEVENSON, William Francis, a Representative from South Carolina; born in what is now Loray, near Statesville, Iredell County, N.C., November 23, 1861; attended the public schools and was tutored by his father; teacher in the public schools in 1879 and 1880; was graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., in 1885; again engaged in teaching in Cheraw, S.C., 1885-1887, studying law at the same time; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Chesterfield, S.C., the same year; moved to Cheraw in 1892 and continued the practice of law; member of the Democratic executive committee of Chesterfield County 1888-1914, serving as chairman 1896-1902; mayor of Cheraw in 1895 and 1896; member of the State house of representatives 1897-1902, serving as speaker 1900-1902; declined to be a candidate for reelection; interested in various business enterprises in Chesterfield County; district counsel for the Seaboard Air Line Railway 1900-1917; member of the Democratic State executive committee 1901-1942; general counsel for the State dispensary commission 1907-1911; again a member of the state house of representatives 1911-1914; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative-elect David E. Finley, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (February 21, 1917-March 3, 1933); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932 to the Seventy-third Congress; member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, D.C., 1933-1939, serving as chairman in 1933; died in Washington, D.C., on February 12, 1942; interment in St. David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cheraw, S.C.

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

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