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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.

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External Research Collections

Boston Public Library

Boston, MA
Papers: 3 letters.

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: In Stevenson family papers, 1756-1882. 51 containers. General and diplomatic correspondence, legal papers, account book, speeches, printed matter, and other papers, particularly from his diplomatic career. Register and index.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: 1824-1845. 13 letters. Finding aid in repository.

University of Virginia Library

Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1814-1855. ca. 32 items in Stevenson family and other papers. Includes personal and political papers, one item a copy of original in Library of Congress. Finding aids to some collections.

Virginia Historical Society

Richmond, VA
Papers: Letters scattered in various collections.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Gardner, Eugene Norfleet. "Andrew Stevenson." Richmond College Historical Papers 1 (June 1915): 259-308.

Stevenson, Andrew. Address Delivered before the Penn'a State Agricultural Society, at Harrisburg, by the Hon. Andrew Stevenson. Harrisburg, Pa.: M'Kinley and Lescure, 1851.

------. Address of Hon. Andrew Stevenson, Delivered before the Agriculture Society of Albemarle, at Its Annual Meeting, on the 29th of October, 1847. Charlottesville, Va.: James Alexander, 1847.

------. Speech of Mr. Stevenson, of Va., on the proposition to amend the Constitution of the United States, respecting the election of president and vice president. Delivered in the House of Representatives, March 2, 6, 1826. [Washington: N.p., 1826].

------. Speech on the Subject of Internal Improvements, Delivered in the House of Representatives of the United States, January 29, 1824. Washington, D.C.: J.S. Meehan, 1824.

------. Speech of Mr. Stevenson of Virginia on the Proposition to Amend the Constitution of the United States, Respecting the Election of President and Vice President. Washington, D.C.: Gales and Seaton, 1826.

------. Speech on the Powers of the General Government over Internal Improvements, Delivered in the House of Representatives, Feb. 2, 1829. Washington, D.C.: Green, 1829.

Wayland, Francis Fry. Andrew Stevenson, Democrat and Diplomat, 1785-1857. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1949.

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