69th Congress Pictorial Directory, Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
STEVENSON, William Francis (1861-1942)

STEVENSON, WILLIAM FRANCIS, a Representative from South Carolina; born in what is now Loray, near Statesville, Iredell County, N.C., November 23, 1861; attended the public schools and was tutored by his father; teacher in the public schools in 1879 and 1880; was graduated from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., in 1885; again engaged in teaching in Cheraw, S.C., 1885-1887, studying law at the same time; was admitted to the bar in 1887 and commenced practice in Chesterfield, S.C., the same year; moved to Cheraw in 1892 and continued the practice of law; member of the Democratic executive committee of Chesterfield County 1888-1914, serving as chairman 1896-1902; mayor of Cheraw in 1895 and 1896; member of the State house of representatives 1897-1902, serving as speaker 1900-1902; declined to be a candidate for reelection; interested in various business enterprises in Chesterfield County; district counsel for the Seaboard Air Line Railway 1900-1917; member of the Democratic State executive committee 1901-1942; general counsel for the State dispensary commission 1907-1911; again a member of the state house of representatives 1911-1914; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-fifth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative-elect David E. Finley, and reelected to the seven succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1917-March 3, 1933); was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination to the Seventy-third Congress in 1932; member of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board, Washington, D.C., 1933-1939, serving as chairman in 1933; died on February 12, 1942, in Washington, D.C.; interment in St. David's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Cheraw, S.C.

University of North Carolina
Manuscripts Department, Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: ca. 1861-1924, 1 linear foot.
The bulk of the papers of William Francis Stevenson is correspondence with constituents of the Fifth Congressional District of South Carolina, concerning national questions and individual interests. There is some material relating to William Francis Stevenson's campaigns. Also included are a few papers relating to the Chesterfield and Lancaster railroad, and correspondence reflecting William Francis Stevenson's interest in the Presbyterian church.