William Hodges Mann

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William Hodges Mann
William Hodges Mann, ca. 1914.jpg
Portrait of Governor Mann
46th Governor of Virginia
In office
Lieutenant James Taylor Ellyson
Preceded by Claude A. Swanson
Succeeded by Henry Carter Stuart
Personal details
Born July 30, 1843
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Died December 12, 1927 (aged 84)
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Religion Presbyterian

William Hodges Mann (July 30, 1843 – December 12, 1927) was an American Democratic politician. Mann was the 46th Governor of Virginia from 1910 to 1914. He attended Brownsburg Academy.

Political career[edit]

Governor Mann with his staff

Brown became Deputy Clerk of Nottoway County, Virginia. He left to serve in the 12th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War until he was injured; he was the last Confederate soldier to serve as Governor of Virginia. He then served the Confederacy in various positions.

After Appomattox, Mann began practicing law in Nottoway County. In 1870, he became the first county judge of Nottoway County. He introduced legislation to construct 350 high schools in Virginia and to close 800 rural saloons. Mann was in favor of Prohibition but only at the state level.

He is also known for refusing to prevent the execution of the juvenile Virginia Christian during his governorship.


1909; Mann was elected Governor of Virginia with 63.35% of the vote, defeating Republican William P. Kent and Socialist Labor A.H. Dennitt.


  • Larson, William (1982). Edward Younger, ed. The Governors of Virginia, 1860-1978. University Press of Virginia. pp. 159–169. ISBN 0-8139-0920-1. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Claude A. Swanson
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Henry Carter Stuart