John E. Massey

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John E. Massey
John E. Massey.jpg
Portrait photograph of Lt. Governor Massey
15th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 1, 1886 – January 1, 1890
Governor Fitzhugh Lee
Preceded by John F. Lewis
Succeeded by James Hoge Tyler
Personal details
Born April 2, 1819
Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Died April 24, 1901(1901-04-24) (aged 82)
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney, Baptist preacher

John Edward "Parson" Massey (April 2, 1819 – April 24, 1901) was from Albemarle County, Virginia and a member of the Democratic Party. He served as the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from January 1, 1886, until January 1, 1890.

A Baptist preacher, Massey considered himself the founder of the short-lived Readjusters.[1] However, when the "Big Four" revolted to buck Confederate general turned Republican boss William Mahone, Massey supposedly supported the revolt. The "Big Four" were Alexander M. Lybrook of Patrick County, Peyton G. Hale of Grayson County, Samuel H. Newberry of Bland County and B.F. Williams of Nottoway County.[2]

Massey died was buried in Charlottesville's Oakhill cemetery. His autobiography appeared posthumously in 1909, edited by Elizabeth H. Hancock.[3]


  1. ^ Moger, Allen (1968). Virginia: Bourbonism to Byrd, 1870-1925. University Press of Virginia. pp. OCLC 435376.
  2. ^ Clevie H. Wingate, Memories of Greayson (Grayson County Historical Society, 1992), p. 299 (poster explaining article published March 21, 1930)
  3. ^ Autobiography of John E. Massey Library of Congress Internet Archive
Political offices
Preceded by
John F. Lewis
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
James Hoge Tyler