Stevenson , Andrew

Speaker of the House

(1784-1857) Andrew Stevenson (January 21, 1784 – January 25, 1857)

Stevenson was born in Culpepper Virginia on January 21st 1784. . Educated at the College of William and Mary. He studied law and had an excellent reputation as a lawyer. Stevenson was elected to the House stae of Delegate in 1804 and served a number of terms there, becoming the Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates. Stevenson was elected to the US House of Representatives as a democrat. Stevenson served as a Congressman from Virginia from 1821 to 1834 and was the Speaker of the House from 1827 until 1834. From 1836 to 1841 Stevenson served as American minister to the United Kingdom. He presided over the 1835 Democratic National Convention and the 1848 Democratic National Convention. From 1856 to 1857 he served as rector of the University of Virginia. Stevenson died at Blenheim his estate on January 25th 1857.