Skip Menu

Return to Skip Menu

Main Content

Rosewell Page (1912-13)

Recently appointed a member of the Board of Visitors of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Mr. Rosewell Page was born at Oakland, in Hanover County, Virginia. November 21st, 1858. His father was Major John Page, of the Confederate Army, who was a highly educated country gentleman and who was a grandson of Governor John Page, the friend of Jefferson. Mr. Page's mother, who is still living, was, before her marriage, Elizabeth Burwell Nelson, granddaughter of Thomas Nelson, Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence and Commander of the Virginia forces at Yorktown.

Mr. Page received his education at Hanover Academy and at the University of Virginia. After leaving the University in 1881, he settled in Danville, Virginia, where he practiced law until 1888, when he moved to Richmond and formed a partnership with John Rutherford, Esq. He has been President of the Richmond Bar Association, and for years was President of the Prison Association of Virginia.

Since his marriage Mr. Page has lived at his old home, where he has been engaged largely in farming. He has been a member of the Board of Supervisors of his county, and has represented Hanover in the last two sessions of the General Assembly. In the last session he was Chairman of the Committee on Courts of Justice. In educational matters he has always taken an active interest; he was the patron of the Compulsory Educational Bill which became a law in 1908, allowing the districts and counties to vote upon the question of compulsory education, limited as the Constitution required.

In the last General Assembly he was the co-patron of the bill for coordinating the educational and industrial boards of the State, and was also the author and co-patron of the Lime-grinding Bill which failed of passage in the Senate owing to the brevity of the session.

Mr. Page has always been in favor of the progressive movement of the State in the matter of the improvement of the public roads, and in the agricultural development of the State. He lives at present in the county, where he has a large plantation which he has developed to a high state of cultivation. He has attended the meetings of the farmers of the State and spoke before the last meeting at Roanoke.

From Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute -- The State Agricultural and Mechanical College, Opening Number, Vol. 4, No. 4, October, 1911, pg. 4.