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Andrew Stevenson

Born: Jan 21, 1784

Death: Jan 25, 1857

Birthplace: Culpeper County

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Andrew Stevenson

Date of Birth : Jan 21, 1784
Date of Death : Jan 25, 1857
Birth Place : Culpeper County

Andrew Stevenson was a Democratic politician in the United States. Educated at the College of William and Mary, he married three times. His second wife, Sarah Coles, was a cousin of Dolley Madison and sister of Edward Coles, a governor of Illinois. Stevenson served as a Congressman from Virginia from 1821 to 1834 and was the Speaker of the House from 1827 until resigning in May 1834. He resigned after having been nominated to serve as Minister to the United Kingdom, but in June of that year the United States Senate denied him confirmation. He returned to Virginia and remained active in politics by presiding over the 1835 Democratic National Convention. In February 1836 President Andrew Jackson renominated Stevenson for Minister to Great Britain. He was confirmed 26 votes to 19 and served from 1836 to 1841. Stevenson presided over the 1848 Democratic National Convention. From 1856 to 1857 he served as rector of the University of Virginia. His term as Minister to the United Kingdom was marked by controversy: the abolitionist cause was growing in strength, and some sections of public opinion resented the choice of Stevenson, who was a slaveowner, for this role.


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