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William Hodges Mann
46th Governor of Virginia

In office
February 10, 1910 – February 1, 1914
Lieutenant James Taylor Ellyson
Preceded by Claude A. Swanson
Succeeded by Henry Carter Stuart
Member of the Virginia Senate
from the 28th district

In office
December 6, 1899 – January 12, 1910
Preceded by Robert Turnbull
Succeeded by John J. Owen
Personal details
Born William Hodges Mann
(1843-07-30)July 30, 1843
Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Died December 12, 1927(1927-12-12) (aged 84)
Petersburg, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Profession Politician, Lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Unit 12th Virginia Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War

William Hodges Mann (July 30, 1843 – December 12, 1927) was an American Democratic politician. Mann was the 46th Governor of Virginia from 1910 to 1914. He attended Brownsburg Academy.

Political career

Governor Mann with his staff

Mann became Deputy Clerk of Nottoway County, Virginia. He left to serve in the 12th Virginia Infantry during the Civil War until he was injured. He then served the Confederacy in various positions. He was the last Confederate soldier to serve as Governor of Virginia. After Appomattox, Mann began practicing law in Nottoway County. In 1870, he became the first county judge of Nottoway County. He introduced legislation to construct 350 high schools in Virginia and to close 800 rural saloons. Mann was in favor of Prohibition but only at the state level.

He is also known for refusing to prevent the execution of the juvenile Virginia Christian, a black house maid who was convicted of murder after killing her white employer, during his governorship.


1909; Mann was elected Governor of Virginia with 63.35% of the vote, defeating Republican William P. Kent and Socialist Labor A.H. Dennitt.


  • Larson, William (1982). Edward Younger. ed. The Governors of Virginia, 1860-1978. University Press of Virginia. pp. 159–169. ISBN 0-8139-0920-1. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Claude A. Swanson
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Henry Carter Stuart

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