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College and University President Politicians in Virginia

Jabez L. M. Curry Jabez Lamar Monroe Curry (1825-1903) — also known as Jabez L. M. Curry — of Talladega, Talladega County, Ala.; Washington, D.C. Born near Double Branches, Lincoln County, Ga., June 5, 1825. Lawyer; served in the U.S. Army during the Mexican War; member of Alabama state house of representatives, 1847-48, 1853-57; U.S. Representative from Alabama 7th District, 1857-61; Delegate from Alabama to the Confederate Provisional Congress, 1861-62; Representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress 4th District, 1862-64; defeated, 1863; colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; president, Howard College, Alabama, 1866-68; college professor; U.S. Minister to Spain, 1885-88. Baptist. Slaveowner. Died near Asheville, Buncombe County, N.C., February 12, 1903 (age 77 years, 252 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of William Curry and Susan (Winn) Curry.
  The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, was named for him from 1905 to 2020.  — The World War II Liberty ship SS J. L. M. Curry (built 1941-42 at Mobile, Alabama; sank in the North Sea, 1943) was named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — U.S. State Dept career summary — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, February 1902
  Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr. (1897-1981) — also known as Colgate W. Darden, Jr. — of Norfolk, Va. Born in Southampton County, Va., February 11, 1897. Democrat. Served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War I; lawyer; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1930-33; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1933-37, 1939-41 (at-large 1933-35, 2nd District 1935-37, 1939-41); Governor of Virginia, 1942-46; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1944 (member, Platform and Resolutions Committee; speaker); president, University of Virginia, 1947. Episcopalian. Died in Norfolk, Va., June 9, 1981 (age 84 years, 118 days). Interment a private or family graveyard, Southampton County, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Colgate Whitehead Darden and Katherine Lawrence (Pretlow) Darden; brother of Joshua Pretlow Darden; married, December 3, 1927, to Constance Simons Du Pont.
  The Colgate Whitehead Darden Jr. Bridge (built 1929, named 1982, replaced since 2013) for Meherrin Road (Highways 58 and 35) over the Nottoway River, in Southampton County, Virginia, is named for him.
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Julius Daniel Dreher (1846-1937) — also known as Julius D. Dreher — of Salem, Va. Born in Lexington, Lexington County, S.C., October 28, 1846. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; president, Roanoke College, 1878-1903; U.S. Consul in Tahiti, 1906-10; Port Antonio, 1910-13; Toronto, 1913-15; Colón, 1915-24. Died in Clearwater, Pinellas County, Fla., October 9, 1937 (age 90 years, 346 days). Interment at East Hill Cemetery, Salem, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John J. Dreher and Martha E. (Counts) Dreher; married 1906 to Emiline Kirtland Richmond.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Jerry Lamon Falwell (1933-2007) — also known as Jerry Falwell — Born in Lynchburg, Va., August 11, 1933. Republican. Pastor; television evangelist; founder (1971) of Liberty Baptist College, now Liberty University; also served as its chancellor; founder of the Moral Majority, political group advocating conservative Christian views; speaker, Republican National Convention, 1996. Baptist. Member, National Rifle Association. Suffered cardiac arrythmia, collapsed in his office at Liberty University, and died soon after at Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg, Va., May 15, 2007 (age 73 years, 277 days). Interment at Montview Grounds, Liberty University, Lynchburg, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Carey Hezekiah Falwell and Helen V. (Beasley) Falwell; married, April 12, 1958, to Macel Pate.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial
Arthur S. Flemming Arthur Sherwood Flemming (1905-1996) — also known as Arthur S. Flemming — of Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y.; Delaware, Delaware County, Ohio; Eugene, Lane County, Ore. Born in Kingston, Ulster County, N.Y., June 12, 1905. Republican. Member, U.S. Civil Service Commission, 1939-48; president, Ohio-Wesleyan University, 1948-53; U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, 1958-61; delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1960; president, University of Oregon, 1961-68; president, Macalester College, 1968-71. Methodist. Member, American Society for Public Administration; Alpha Sigma Phi; Delta Sigma Rho; Omicron Delta Kappa. Received the Medal of Freedom in 1994. Died of acute renal failure, at a retirement home in Alexandria, Va., September 7, 1996 (age 91 years, 87 days). Interment at Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston, N.Y.
  Relatives: Son of Harry H. Flemming and Harriet (Sherwood) Flemming; married, December 14, 1934, to Bernice Virginia Moler.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier
  Image source: Eminent Americans (1954)
  Richard Channing Jones (b. 1841) — of Camden, Wilcox County, Ala. Born in Brunswick County, Va., April 12, 1841. Lawyer; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; member of Alabama state senate, 1882-85; president, University of Alabama, 1890-97; delegate to Alabama state constitutional convention, 1901. Burial location unknown.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. John Jones and Mary (Walker) Jones; married, October 19, 1864, to Stella H. Boykin.
Richard McIlwaine Richard McIlwaine (1834-1913) — of Prince Edward County, Va. Born in Petersburg, Va., May 20, 1834. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; chaplain; minister; college professor; president, Hampton-Sydney College, 1883-1904; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention from Prince Edward County, 1901-02. Presbyterian. Scotch-Irish ancestry. Member, Beta Theta Pi. Died in Richmond, Va., August 9, 1913 (age 79 years, 81 days). Interment at Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Archibald Graham McIlwaine and Martha (Dunn) McIlwaine; married, May 14, 1857, to Elisabeth 'Lizzie' Read; uncle of William Baird McIlwaine.
  See also Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: Alumni Bulletin of the University of Virginia (1914)
  Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935) — of Richmond, Va. Born in Charles City County, Va., August 24, 1853. Member of Virginia state house of delegates from Richmond city, 1887-88; president, College of William and Mary, 1888-1919. Died in Richmond, Va., February 12, 1935 (age 81 years, 172 days). Interment at Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va.
  Relatives: Son of John Tyler (1790-1862) and Julia Tyler; brother of David Gardiner Tyler; married 1878 to Annie Baker Tucker; married 1923 to Susan Harrison Ruffin; grandson of John Tyler (1747-1813) and David Gardiner; third cousin once removed of George Madison; fourth cousin of Zachary Taylor; fourth cousin once removed of John Strother Pendleton, Albert Gallatin Pendleton and Aylett Hawes Buckner.
  Political families: Saltonstall-Davis-Frelinghuysen-Appleton family of Massachusetts; Conkling-Seymour family of Utica, New York; Mapes-Jennings-Denby-Harrison family of New York and Arizona; Tyler family of Virginia (subsets of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
William L. Wilson William Lyne Wilson (1843-1900) — also known as William L. Wilson — of Charles Town, Jefferson County, W.Va. Born near Charles Town, Jefferson County, Va. (now W.Va.), May 3, 1843. Democrat. Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; delegate to Democratic National Convention from West Virginia, 1880 (member, Credentials Committee); candidate for Presidential Elector for West Virginia; U.S. Representative from West Virginia 2nd District, 1883-95; U.S. Postmaster General, 1895-97; president, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., 1897-1900. Died in Lexington, Va., October 17, 1900 (age 57 years, 167 days). Interment at Edge Hill Cemetery, Charles Town, W.Va.
  Cross-reference: Newton D. Baker
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
  Image source: The Parties and The Men (1896)
Woodrow Wilson Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924) — also known as Thomas Woodrow Wilson; "Schoolmaster in Politics" — of New Jersey. Born in Staunton, Va., December 28, 1856. Democrat. University professor; president of Princeton University, 1902-10; Governor of New Jersey, 1911-13; President of the United States, 1913-21. Presbyterian. Member, Phi Kappa Psi; Phi Alpha Delta. Recipient of Nobel Peace Prize in 1919; elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans in 1950. Died in Washington, D.C., February 3, 1924 (age 67 years, 37 days). Entombed at Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.; statue erected 2011 at Main Railway Station, Prague, Czechia.
  Relatives: Son of Rev. Joseph Ruggles Wilson and Janet 'Jessie' (Woodrow) Wilson; married, June 24, 1885, to Ellen Wilson; married, December 18, 1915, to Edith Wilson; father of Eleanor Randolph Wilson (who married William Gibbs McAdoo); grandfather of Woodrow Wilson Sayre.
  Political family: Harrison-Randolph-Marshall-Cabell family of Virginia (subset of the Four Thousand Related Politicians).
  Cross-reference: William C. Bullitt — Bainbridge Colby — Joseph E. Davies — Joseph P. Tumulty — Thomas H. Birch — Byron R. Newton
  Mount Woodrow Wilson, in Fremont County and Sublette County, Wyoming, is named for him.  — Woodrow Wilson Plaza, in the Federal Triangle, Washington, D.C., is is named for him.  — Wilson Dam (built 1924), on the Tennessee River in Colbert and Lauderdale counties, Alabama, as well as the Wilson Lake reservoir, which extends into Lawrence county, are named for him.  — Rambla Presidente Wilson, in Montevideo, Uruguay, is named for him.
  Other politicians named for him: Woodrow W. BeanWoodrow W. JonesWoodrow W. ScottTom Woodrow PayneW. W. DumasWoodrow Wilson MannWoodrow W. LavenderWoodrow W. BairdWoodrow W. MathnaWoodrow W. HulmeWoodrow W. KlineWoodrow W. McDonaldWoodrow W. HollanWoodrow W. CarterWoodrow W. FergusonW. Wilson GoodeWoodrow Wilson StoreyWoodrow W. Bean III
  Coins and currency: His portrait appeared on the U.S. $100,000 gold certificate, which was issued in 1934-45 for cash transactions between banks.
  Campaign slogan (1916): "He kept us out of war."
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Find-A-Grave memorial — OurCampaigns candidate detail
  Books about Woodrow Wilson: Louis Auchincloss, Woodrow Wilson — Herbert Hoover, The Ordeal of Woodrow Wilson — James Chace, 1912 : Wilson, Roosevelt, Taft and Debs : The Election that Changed the Country — John Milton Cooper, Reconsidering Woodrow Wilson: Progressivism, Internationalism, War, and Peace — A. Scott Berg, Wilson — Anne Schraff, Woodrow Wilson (for young readers)
  Critical books about Woodrow Wilson: Jim Powell, Wilson's War : How Woodrow Wilson's Great Blunder Led to Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, and World War II
  Image source: American Monthly Review of Reviews, July 1902
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