Biography of William Maxwell
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Maxwell, William, born of English parents in Norfolk, Virginia, February 27, 1784. He was graduated from Yale College in 1802, studied law in Richmond, and practiced in Norfolk. In 1830 he was elected to the lower house of the legislature, and was a state senator, 1832-38. In the latter year he accepted the presidency of Hampden Sidney College, and continued in that position until 1844, when he resigned, and engaged in law practice in Richmond, and for a time conducted a law school. He was active in resurrecting the Virginia Historical Society, which had been suspended, became its librarian, and for six years (1848-1853) was editor of its organ, the "Virginia Historical Register and Literary Advertiser." He was an active member of the Bible and Colonization Society. He died June 9, 1857.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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