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VHS Presidents and Directors

Presidents of the Virginia Historical Society (after 2001 the title changed to Chairman of the Board)

John Marshall 1831–1835   Eppa Hunton IV 1966–1969
Henry St. George Tucker 1836–1847   Virginius Dabney 1969–1972
William Cabell Rives 1847–1868   Edwin Cox 1972–1975
Hugh Blair Grigsby 1870–1881   Joseph Clarke Robert 1975–1978
Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart 1881–1891   David Tennant Bryan 1978–1981
William Wirt Henry 1891–1892   FitzGerald Bemiss 1981–1983
Joseph Bryan 1892–1902   Lawrence Lewis, Jr. 1984–1986
William Gordon McCabe 1903–1905   John L. McElroy, Jr. 1987–1988
Joseph Bryan 1906–1908   Stuart G. Christian, Jr. 1989–1991
William Gordon McCabe 1909–1920   C. Coleman McGehee 1992–1994
Edward Virginius Valentine 1921–1929   Brenton S. Halsey 1995–1997
Daniel Grinnan 1930–1935   Austin Brockenbrough III 1998–1999
John Stewart Bryan 1936–1937   Gerald L. Baliles 2000–2001
Joseph Dupuy Eggleston 1938–1943   Hugh R. Stallard 2002–2003
Alexander Wilbourne Weddell 1944–1948   Hugh V. White, Jr. 2004–2005
Edmund Randolph Williams 1948–1952   E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. 2006–2007
Samuel Merrifield Bemiss 1952–1958   J. Stewart Bryan III 2008–2009
Wyndham Bolling Blanton 1958–1960   W. Taylor Reveley III 2010–2011
George MacLaren Brydon         1960   Thomas G. Slater, Jr. 2012–2013
Beverley Randolph Wellford 1960–1963   E. Claiborne Robins, Jr. 2014–2015
David John Mays 1963–1966   John R. Nelson, Jr. 2016–

 

Directors of the Virginia Historical Society (after 2001 the title changed to President and CEO)

Thomas Hicks Wynne 1870–1875   William M. E. Rachal (interim) 1980
Robert Alonzo Brock 1875–1892   Paul Chester Nagel 1981–1985
Philip Alexander Bruce 1892–1898   Virginius C. Hall, Jr. (interim) 1985–1986
William Glover Stanard 1898–1933   Donald Haynes 1986–1988
Robert A. Lancaster 1933–1940   Virginius C. Hall, Jr. (interim) 1988
William Clayton Torrence 1940–1953   Charles F. Bryan, Jr. 1988–2008
John Melville Jennings 1953–1978   Paul A. Levengood 2008–2016
Edwin L. Dooley, Jr. 1979–1980   John R. Nelson, Jr. (interim) 2016