Author: Silver Persinger


Miles Connor (d. 1893)

Miles Connor served one term in the House of Delegates (1875–1877). Born enslaved, Connor became a community leader in the Western Branch section of Norfolk County (later the city of Chesapeake). In just more than five years he rose from justice of the peace to county supervisor to member of the General Assembly. He also helped organize the Churchland Grove Baptist Church and served as one of the congregation‘s key figures. One of Connor’s sons became the first president of what is now Coppin State University. Connor married twice and died of asthma in 1893.