Beverly B. Douglas

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Beverly Browne Douglas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1875 – December 22, 1878
Preceded byJames B. Sener
Succeeded byRichard L. T. Beale
Member of the Virginia Senate from King William, King and Queen and Essex Counties
In office
Preceded byDistrict created
Succeeded byDistrict abolished
Personal details
Born(1822-12-21)December 21, 1822
Providence Forge, Virginia
DiedDecember 22, 1878(1878-12-22) (aged 56)
Washington, D.C.
Resting placeZoar, Aylett, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materCollege of William and Mary
Yale College
University of Edinburgh
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States
Branch/service Confederate States Army
RankConfederate States of America Major.png Major
UnitVirginia 5th Virginia Cavalry
Battles/warsAmerican Civil War

Beverly Browne Douglas (December 21, 1822 – December 22, 1878) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.

Early life[edit]

Born at Providence Forge, Virginia, Douglas attended Rumford Academy in King William County. In his college years, he attended the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, Yale College, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Upon his return to the United States reentered William and Mary, and graduated from the law department in 1843.


He was admitted to the bar in 1844 and commenced practice in Norfolk, Virginia, then moved to King William County, Virginia in 1846 and continued the practice of his profession.

He served as delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1850. He was one of five elected from a House of Delegates district that included his home county of King William, as well as Caroline, Spotsylvania, and Hanover Counties.[1]

Douglas served as member of the Senate of Virginia during the period 1852–1865. He served as presidential elector for the Democratic ticket of Breckinridge and Lane in 1860.

During the Civil War, he entered the Confederate States Army as first lieutenant in Lee's Rangers, and was successively promoted to the rank of major of the Fifth Virginia Cavalry.

Douglas was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth and Forty-fifth Congresses and served from March 4, 1875, until his death in Washington, D.C., December 22, 1878.


Beverly Browne Douglas was interred in the family burying ground at "Zoar," near Aylett, Virginia.


  • 1874; Douglas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.69% of the vote, defeating Republican James Beverley Sener.
  • 1876; Douglas was re-elected with 56.53% of the vote, defeating Republican L.C. Boiston.

See also[edit]



  • Pulliam, David Loyd (1901). The Constitutional Conventions of Virginia from the foundation of the Commonwealth to the present time. John T. West, Richmond. ISBN 978-1-2879-2059-5.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by