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W. Henry Maxwell

Walter Henry Maxwell, Sr. (April 3, 1935 – November 13, 2010) was an American politician and Baptist minister from Newport News, Virginia. A Democrat, he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1983–1993 and the Senate of Virginia 1993–2004.

W. Henry Maxwell
Member of theVirginia Senate
from the 2nd district
In office
January 13, 1993 – January 14, 2004
Preceded byBobby Scott
Succeeded byMamie Locke
Member of theVirginia House of Delegates
from the 95th district
In office
January 12, 1983 – January 13, 1993
Preceded byNone (district created)
Succeeded byFlora D. Crittenden
Personal details
Born
Walter Henry Maxwell
( 1935 -04-03)April 3, 1935
Reidsville, North Carolina
DiedNovember 13, 2010(2010-11-13) (aged 75)
Detroit, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Gladys Mae Jones
Alma materNorfolk State University
Virginia State University
Virginia Seminary and College
ProfessionMinister

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Maxwell was born April 3, 1935 in Reidsville, North Carolina and raised in Newport News. Maxwell graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1951. He then attended Norfolk State University and Virginia State University, and earned a Bachelor of Theology degree from Virginia Seminary and College. The same school awarded him a Doctor of Theology degree in 1974.

In 1957, he married the former Gladys Mae Jones, and they had three children: Walter Jr., Ronald, and A'ngela. Maxwell was for many years the minister of Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News.

After the 1980 census, the Virginia House of Delegates switched entirely to single-member districts, after a year of legislative and legal wrangling. Incumbent Democratic Delegate Bobby Scott was elected in November 1982 to the new 95th district. Before taking office in the new seat, Scott won a December special election to fill a vacancy in the 2nd Senate district. The Democratic Party nominated Maxwell to replace Scott, and on January 11, 1983, he defeated Republican James W. Parker, getting 83.8% of the vote. The following November Maxwell won a full House term, gaining 74.5% of the vote against two independents.

Maxwell was reelected without opposition in 1985 and 1989. In 1987 and 1991, he defeated independent candidates, getting more than 80% of the vote each time.

While in the House, he served on the committees on the Chesapeake and Its Tributaries, Claims, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Health, Welfare, and Institutions.

In November 1992, Scott was elected to the United States House of Representatives. Maxwell was again nominated to fill Scott's vacancy, this time in the state Senate. On December 15, 1992, Maxwell won a four-way special election in the 2nd district, getting 39.1% of the votes, against 31.5% for Republican city councilman James O. West, 24.8% for former Newport News Mayor Jessie M. Rattley, and 4.5% for independent Joyce B. Hobson.Flora D. Crittenden won the special election in 1993 to succeed him as delegate.

Maxwell was unopposed for reelection to the Senate in 1995. In 1999, he received 80% of the vote against independent Michael A. Rogers, Sr. Senator Maxwell served on the Committees on Rehabilitation and Social Services, Commerce and Labor, General Laws, and Transportation.

Maxwell did not seek reelection in 2003 due to health issues.

Maxwell died of complications from diabetes and Parkinson's disease on November 13, 2010 while staying with his daughter near Detroit, Michigan. He was buried in Hampton, Virginia.

  1. "Senate Joint Resolution No. 441 (2011)". Virginia General Assembly.
  2. "Session 1992; Maxwell, W. Henry". Virginia House of Delegates. Retrieved2012-11-17.
  3. Earls, Anita S., Kara Milonski, Oni Seliski and Torrey Dixon (March 2006). "Voting Rights in Virginia, 1982–2006"(PDF). RenewtheVRA.org. p. 7. Retrieved2012-11-17.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  4. "The Virginia Elections and State Elected Officials Database Project, 1776-2007". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved2012-11-17.
  5. Williams, Allison T. (2010-11-13). "Former state Senator, Newport News pastor, W. Henry Maxwell dies". Daily Press. Retrieved2012-11-17.
Virginia House of Delegates
Preceded by
newly created district
Virginia House of Delegates, 95th District
1983–1993
Succeeded by
Senate of Virginia
Preceded by
Virginia Senate, District 2
1993–2004
Succeeded by

W. Henry Maxwell
W Henry Maxwell Language Watch Edit Walter Henry Maxwell Sr April 3 1935 November 13 2010 was an American politician and Baptist minister from Newport News Virginia A Democrat he served in the Virginia House of Delegates 1983 1993 and the Senate of Virginia 1993 2004 1 2 W Henry MaxwellMember of the Virginia Senate from the 2nd districtIn office January 13 1993 January 14 2004Preceded byBobby ScottSucceeded byMamie LockeMember of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 95th districtIn office January 12 1983 January 13 1993Preceded byNone district created Succeeded byFlora D CrittendenPersonal detailsBornWalter Henry Maxwell 1935 04 03 April 3 1935 Reidsville North CarolinaDiedNovember 13 2010 2010 11 13 aged 75 Detroit MichiganPolitical partyDemocraticSpouse s Gladys Mae JonesAlma materNorfolk State University Virginia State University Virginia Seminary and CollegeProfessionMinister Contents 1 Early life education career 2 Political career 3 Death 4 References 5 External linksEarly life education career EditMaxwell was born April 3 1935 in Reidsville North Carolina and raised in Newport News Maxwell graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1951 He then attended Norfolk State University and Virginia State University and earned a Bachelor of Theology degree from Virginia Seminary and College The same school awarded him a Doctor of Theology degree in 1974 1 In 1957 he married the former Gladys Mae Jones and they had three children Walter Jr Ronald and A ngela Maxwell was for many years the minister of Ivy Baptist Church in Newport News 1 Political career EditAfter the 1980 census the Virginia House of Delegates switched entirely to single member districts after a year of legislative and legal wrangling 3 Incumbent Democratic Delegate Bobby Scott was elected in November 1982 to the new 95th district Before taking office in the new seat Scott won a December special election to fill a vacancy in the 2nd Senate district The Democratic Party nominated Maxwell to replace Scott and on January 11 1983 he defeated Republican James W Parker getting 83 8 of the vote The following November Maxwell won a full House term gaining 74 5 of the vote against two independents 4 Maxwell was reelected without opposition in 1985 and 1989 In 1987 and 1991 he defeated independent candidates getting more than 80 of the vote each time 4 While in the House he served on the committees on the Chesapeake and Its Tributaries Claims Conservation and Natural Resources and Health Welfare and Institutions 1 In November 1992 Scott was elected to the United States House of Representatives Maxwell was again nominated to fill Scott s vacancy this time in the state Senate On December 15 1992 Maxwell won a four way special election in the 2nd district getting 39 1 of the votes against 31 5 for Republican city councilman James O West 24 8 for former Newport News Mayor Jessie M Rattley and 4 5 for independent Joyce B Hobson 4 Flora D Crittenden won the special election in 1993 to succeed him as delegate Maxwell was unopposed for reelection to the Senate in 1995 In 1999 he received 80 of the vote against independent Michael A Rogers Sr 4 Senator Maxwell served on the Committees on Rehabilitation and Social Services Commerce and Labor General Laws and Transportation 1 Maxwell did not seek reelection in 2003 due to health issues 5 Death EditMaxwell died of complications from diabetes and Parkinson s disease on November 13 2010 while staying with his daughter near Detroit Michigan He was buried in Hampton Virginia 5 References Edit a b c d e Senate Joint Resolution No 441 2011 Virginia General Assembly Session 1992 Maxwell W Henry Virginia House of Delegates Retrieved 2012 11 17 Earls Anita S Kara Milonski Oni Seliski and Torrey Dixon March 2006 Voting Rights in Virginia 1982 2006 PDF RenewtheVRA org p 7 Retrieved 2012 11 17 CS1 maint uses authors parameter link a b c d The Virginia Elections and State Elected Officials Database Project 1776 2007 University of Virginia Library Retrieved 2012 11 17 a b Williams Allison T 2010 11 13 Former state Senator Newport News pastor W Henry Maxwell dies Daily Press Retrieved 2012 11 17 External links EditW Henry Maxwell Virginia Public Access ProjectVirginia House of DelegatesPreceded by newly created district Virginia House of Delegates 95th District 1983 1993 Succeeded by Flora D CrittendenSenate of VirginiaPreceded by Bobby Scott Virginia Senate District 2 1993 2004 Succeeded by Mamie Locke Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title W Henry Maxwell amp oldid 1045551376, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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