|Oil on canvas, Spencer Baird Nichols, 1911, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives|
STEVENSON, Andrew, (father of John White Stevenson),
a Representative from Virginia; born in Culpeper County, Va.,
January 21, 1784; pursued classical studies; attended the College of William
and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced
practice in Richmond, Va.; member of the state house of delegates 1809-1816 and
1818-1821 and served as speaker 1812-1815; unsuccessful candidate in 1814 and
1816 for election to Congress; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth
Congress; reelected as a Crawford Republican to the Eighteenth Congress and
elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth through the Twenty-third Congresses
and served from March 4, 1821, until his resignation, June 2, 1834; Speaker of
the House of Representatives (Twentieth through Twenty-third Congresses);
Minister to Great Britain 1836-1841; engaged in agricultural pursuits at
Blenheim, Albemarle County, Va.; in 1845 was elected a member of the board
of visitors of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, and in 1856 was
elected rector; died at his home, Blenheim, January 25, 1857; interment in
Enniscothy Cemetery, Albemarle County, Va.
BibliographyWayland, Francis Fry.
Andrew Stevenson, Democrat and Diplomat, 1785-1857.
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1949.