Beverley B. Munford

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Beverley B. Munford
Portrait of Munford, c. 1900–1910
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 35th district
In office
December 1, 1897 – December 4, 1901
Serving with Conway R. Sands
Preceded byWilliam Lovenstein
Succeeded byGeorge Wayne Anderson
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Richmond City
In office
December 2, 1891 – December 6, 1893
Preceded byThomas Byrne
Succeeded byThomas Byrne
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Pittsylvania and Danville
In office
December 7, 1881 – December 8, 1887
Personal details
Beverley Bland Munford

(1856-09-10)September 10, 1856
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMay 31, 1910(1910-05-31) (aged 53)
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Resting placeHollywood Cemetery
Political partyDemocratic
(m. 1893)
Alma materCollege of William & Mary
University of Virginia

Beverley Bland Munford (September 10, 1856 – May 31, 1910) was an American lawyer, politician, social reformer, speaker, and author in Richmond, Virginia. He served eight years in the Virginia House of Delegates and four years in the Virginia Senate.[1] He wrote a book about the causes of the American Civil War.[2]

Early life and family[edit]

Childhood and education[edit]

Beverley Bland Munford was the son of Colonel John Dunborrow Munford and the grandson of William Munford, author of "Munford's Reports" and a translator of Homer's Illiad. Beverley Bland Munford's childhood was spent on a farm near Williamsburg.[3]

He entered the College of William and Mary in 1873 and graduated in 1877.[1] At the age of nineteen he accepted a clerkship in the office of Judge J. D. Coles, going on to complete his study of the law at the University of Virginia under John B. Minor. After being admitted to the bar, he began his practice by opening an office at Pittsylvania Courthouse.[3]


On November 22, 1893, Munford married activist and educational reformer Mary-Cooke Branch Munford. Their marriage was affectionate and congenial. They loved books and music and were described by nephew Walter Russell Bowie as sharing liberal and forward-looking impulses.[4] They had a daughter Mary Safford, born 1895 and a son, Beverly Bland Munford Jr., born 1899.[5] His grandson, B. B. Munford III, was an executive at the Richmond investment firm Davenport & Co.[6]

Delegate Munford in 1891


Beverley Munford was a member of the Richmond Education Association[7] which Mary-Cooke Munford help found.[8] He served as a member of the board of visitors of the College of William and Mary and of the Hampton Normal School.[3] Munford served on the board of directors of the Virginia Historical Society and was a vestryman at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.[3]

He was a partner with Waller Redd Staples at the law firm Staples & Munford. At the time of his death he was a senior member with Munford, Hunton, Williams and Anderson.[1]

After a long illness, Munford died at his home in Henrico County, Virginia.[3] He was buried in Hollywood Cemetery.[9]

Extant documents include a letter he wrote to John Allen Watts June 18, 1874 about his commencement speaking engagements and activities at Fincastle.[10] James Branch Cabell's From the Hidden Way was dedicated to Munford.[11]


  • Virginia's attitude toward slavery and secession by Beverley B. Munford, 50 editions published between 1909 and 2013.
  • Random recollections by Beverley B. Munford (1905)
  • Address of B.B. Munford before the Euzelian and Euepian Societies at Hollins Institute, June 16, 1886 by Beverley B Munford
  • "Our times and the men for the times"; address of Beverley B. Munford before the Association of the Alumni of the College of William and Mary, on the occasion of the one hundred and ninety-fifth commencement exercises, July 4, 1889 by Beverley B Munford[12]


  1. ^ a b c[bare URL PDF]
  2. ^ "New Light on Civil War". Webb City Register. Webb City, Jasper, Missouri. 15 Oct 1909. p. 7. Retrieved 9 March 2019 – via
  3. ^ a b c d e "Munford's Brilliant Career Brought to Close by Death". Times-Dispatch. July 1, 1910. Retrieved April 13, 2021.
  4. ^ Bowie, Walter Russell (1942). Sunrise in the South; the life of Mary-Cooke Branch Munford. Richmond, Va.: William Byrd Press, Inc. p. 46. hdl:2027/uva.x000374298.
  5. ^ Leonard, John William (February 28, 1914). "Woman's Who's who of America: A Biographical Dictionary of Contemporary Women of the United States and Canada". American Commonwealth Company – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Ramsey, John (Jun 4, 2016). "Beverley "B.B" Munford III, retired executive VP at Davenport & Co., dies at 89". Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  7. ^ Cutler, William W. (May 1, 2015). Parents and Schools: The 150-Year Struggle for Control in American Education. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226307930 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ "Munford, Mary-Cooke Branch (1865–1938) – Encyclopedia Virginia". Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  9. ^ "Beverley Bland Munford Sr. (1856-1910) - Find A..." Retrieved 2021-04-13.
  10. ^ "Letter from Beverly Bland Munford to John Allen Watts - June 18, 1874".
  11. ^ "FHW-A1".
  12. ^ "Munford, Beverley B. 1856-1910 (Beverley Bland) [WorldCat Identities]".