William Francis Stevenson

William Francis Stevenson (* November 23, 1861 in Statesville, Iredell County, North Carolina, † February 12, 1942 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1917 and 1933 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Stevenson attended the public schools of his home. But he also received private lessons from his father. Between 1879 and 1880 he worked himself as a teacher. Then he studied until 1885 at Davidson College. In the following two years he worked as a teacher back in town Cheraw. After studying law and its made ​​in 1887 admitted to the bar, he began practicing in his new profession in Chesterfield. In 1892 he moved his residence and his law firm to Cheraw.

Politically Stevenson was a member of the Democratic Party. Between 1888 and 1914 he was a member of the regional party committee in Chesterfield County; 1896 to 1902 he was chairman of the party there. Since 1901 to 1941 he was a member of the State Board of his party. In the years 1895 and 1896, Stevenson served as mayor. He also sat from 1897 to 1902 as a deputy in the House of Representatives of South Carolina, since 1900 he was its president. As of 1902, Stevenson devoted reinforced his business interests in Chesterfield County. There he was now become advisers to a railway company. From 1907 to 1911 Stevenson was also advisor to the state illness Commission ( Dispensary Commission). After that, he was from 1911 to 1914 again a deputy in the House of Representatives of the State.

In 1916 he was in the fifth constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he entered on March 4, 1917, the successor of Paul G. McCorkle, who had exercised this mandate only one month for the late MP David E. Finley. After seven elections Stevenson was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1933 eight contiguous legislatures. In this time of the First World War and the beginning of the Great Depression fell. Furthermore, in the years 1919, 1920 and 1933, the 18th, the 19th and the 20th Amendment, discussed and approved in Congress.

In 1932, Stevenson was not nominated by his party for another term in Congress. Between 1933 and 1939 he was a board member of the Federal Home Loan Bank. In 1933, he was the CEO. William Stevenson died on February 12, 1942 in the federal capital, Washington.