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William Francis Rhea

William Francis Rhea, American congressman. member State senate 1885-1888; member, State corporation commission.


  • Rhea, William Francis was born on April 20, 1859 in Washington Company, Virginia, United States. Son of Joseph W. and Elizabeth Rhea.

  • Education

    • Worked on farm and attended Oldfield School until 16 years of age. Attended college about 3 years. Studied law and admitted to bar, 1879.


    • Judge Washington Company, Virginia, 1880-1885. Member State senate 1885-1888. Judge city court, Bristol, Virginia.

      Resigned, 1895, and resumed law practice. Congressman 9th Virginia district, 1899-1903. Member, State corporation commission.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Member State senate 1885-1888. Member, State corporation commission.


    • Married Mary Chester Keebler, Bristol, Virginia, November, 1878.
    • father: Joseph W.
    • mother: Elizabeth Rhea
    • spouse: Mary Chester Keebler
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    Born April 20, 1859
    Died March 23, 1931
    (aged 71)