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About Beverly B. Douglas
Beverly Browne Douglas (December 21, 1822 – December 22, 1878) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia.
Born at Providence Forge, Virginia, Douglas attended Rumford Academy in King William County, 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. He moved to King William County, Virginia in 1846 and continued the practice of his profession. He served as delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850 and 1851. He served as member of the Senate of Virginia during the period 1852–1865. He served as presidential elector on 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. He was interred in the family burying ground at "Zoar," near Aylett, Virginia.
Douglas was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives with 50.69% of the vote, defeating Republican James Beverley Sener.
Douglas was re-elected with 56.53% of the vote, defeating Republican L.C. Boiston.