List of Speakers of the Virginia House of Delegates

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The following persons have served as Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates.

Order Name County or City Born Term began Term ended Died
1st Pendleton, Edmund Caroline County 1721 1776 1776 1803
2nd Wythe, George Williamsburg 1726 1777 1778 1806
3rd Harrison, Benjamin Charles City County 1726 1778 1781 1791
4th Lee, Richard Henry Westmoreland County 1732 1781 1781 1794
5th Tyler, John Sr. Charles City County 1747 1781 1785 1813
3rd Harrison, Benjamin Charles City County 1726 1785 1786 1791
6th Prentis, Joseph Williamsburg 1754 1786 1788 1809
7th Mathews, Thomas Norfolk Borough 1742 1788 1794 1812
8th Wise, John Accomack County before 1768 1794 1799 1812
9th Smith, Larkin King and Queen County c. 1757 1799 1802 1813
10th Harrison, Edmund Amelia County 1764 1802 1803 1826
11th Holmes, Hugh Frederick County 1768 1803 1805 1825
12th Johnston, Peter Jr. Prince Edward County 1763 1805 1807 1831
13th Nelson, Hugh Albemarle County 1768 1807 1809 1836
14th Barbour, James Orange County 1775 1809 1812 1842
15th Stevenson, Andrew Richmond 1784 1812 1816 1857
16th Stanard, Robert Spotsylvania County 1781 1816 1817 1846
17th Banks, Linn Madison County 1784 1817 1838 1842
18th Gilmer, Thomas W. Albemarle County 1802 1839 1840 1844
19th Southall, Valentine W. Albemarle County 1789–1790 1840 1842 1861
20th Holleman, Joel Isle of Wight County 1799 1842 1844 1844
19th Southall, Valentine W. Albemarle County 1789–1790 1844 1845 1861
21st Goode, William O. Mecklenburg County 1798 1845 1846 1859
22nd Jones, John W. Chesterfield County 1791 1847 1847 1848
23rd Strother, James F. Rappahannock County 1811 1847 1848 1860
24th Hopkins, Henry L. Powhatan County 1805 1848 1850 1872
25th Hopkins, George W. Washington County 1804 1850 1852 1861
26th Crutchfield, Oscar M. Spotsylvania County 1800 1852 1861 1861
27th Kemper, James L. Madison County 1823 1861 1863 1895
28th Sheffey, Hugh W. Augusta County 1815 1863 1865 1889
29th Baldwin, John B. Augusta County 1820 1865 1869 1873
30th Turner, Zephaniah Jr. Rappahannock County 1812 1869 1871 1876
31st Hanger, J. Marshall Augusta County 1833 1871 1877 1912
32nd Allen, Henry C. Shenandoah County 1838 1877 1879 1889
33rd Lacy, Benjamin W. New Kent County 1839 1879 1881 1895
34th Fowler, Isaac C. Washington County 1831 1881 1883 1904
35th Stuart, Charles E. Alexandria 1850 1883 1887 1889
36th Cardwell, Richard H. Hanover County 1846 1887 1894 1931
37th Ryan, John F. Loudoun County 1848 1894 1899 1936
38th Saunders, Edward W. Franklin County 1860 1899 1901 1921
37th Ryan, John F. Loudoun County 1848 1901 1906 1936
39th Cardwell, William D. Hanover County 1868 1906 1908 1954
40th Byrd, Richard E. Winchester 1860 1908 1914 1925
41st Cox, Edwin P. Richmond 1870 1914 1916 1938
42nd Houston, Harry R. Elizabeth City County 1878 1916 1920 1960
43rd Brewer, Richard L. Jr. Suffolk 1864 1920 1926 1947
44th Ozlin, Thomas W. Lunenburg County 1884 1926 1930 1944
45th Brown, J. Sinclair Roanoke County 1880 1930 1936 1965
46th Dovell, G. Ashton Williamsburg 1885 1936 1942 1949
47th Stanley, Thomas B. Henry County 1890 1942 1946 1970
48th Massenburg, G. Alvin Hampton 1894 1947 1950 1968
49th Moore, E. Blackburn Frederick County 1897 1950 1968 1980
50th Cooke, John Warren Mathews County 1915 1968 1980 2009
51st Philpott, Albert L. Henry County 1919 1980 1991 1991
52nd Moss. Thomas W. Jr. Norfolk 1928 1991 2000  
53rd Wilkins, S. Vance Jr. Amherst County 1936 2000 2002  
54th Howell, William J. Stafford County 1943 2003 present  

Acting Speaker[edit]

According to Rules 2 and 16 of the House of Delegates, the chair of the Committee on Privileges and Elections serves as Acting Speaker when there is a vacancy in the Speaker's office. This has occurred twice since 1990:

  • Ford C. Quillen of Scott County was Acting Speaker from the death of A. L. Philpott on September 28, 1991 until the House met in a special redistricting session in November, when Thomas W. Moss, Jr. was elected Speaker.
  • Lacey E. Putney of Bedford was Acting Speaker from the resignation of S. Vance Wilkins, Jr. on June 15, 2002 until the House met in regular session in January 2003, when William J. Howell was elected Speaker.

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