Edward O. McCue Jr.

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Edward O. McCue Jr.

Virginia House of Delegates
Electoral District City of Charlottesville
Albemarle County
Greene County
Term Start 1934
Term End 1949
Preceded by John Stewart Battle
Succeeded by James Fillmore Dulaney

Senate of Virginia
Electoral District City of Charlottesville
Albemarle County (part)
Term Start 1950
Term End 1967

Biographical Information

Date of birth
May 11, 1901
Charlottesville, VA
Date of death July 27, 1993 (aged 92)
Charlottesville, VA
Riverview Cemetery
Spouse Isabel Cochran McCue
Children Edward Overton McCue III
Martha McCue Merritt
Residence Charlottesville, VA
Alma mater Jefferson School for Boys
Charlottesville High School
University of Virginia (LL.B.)
Religion Episcopalian

Edward O. McCue Jr. (May 11, 1901 - July 27, 1993) was a lawyer and politician who served in both houses of the Virginia General Assembly. He was a Democrat and usually a supporter of the Byrd Organization that controlled Virginia politics for over 50-years.[1]


Born in Charlottesville, he was the son of Edward Overton McCue (1876-1945) Mary Pamela Michie McCue (1880–1961). He married Isabel Chamberlain Cochran.

McCue took his test for the Virginia bar in 1926. [2]

Memberships/Affiliations: Episcopal Church Delta Tau Delta Benevolent Protective Order of Elks Redland Club Farmington Country Club

Relevant legislation

In 1960 he submitted a second bill that would require Charlottesville to hold a referendum before beginning any urban renewal projects. One had passed in 1959 but a court case might have rendered it moot so McCue submitted more specific legislation to avoid that outcome.

He also suggested introducing a bill that year that would amend the city charter to require City Council to be elected via wards. [3]

McCue said he submitted the bill on behalf of residents of the city's Third Ward. Resident of that ward found it hard to get elected. They included W.T. Barnett and Francis Fife.

The two bills were both requested by Third Ward residents. The Third Ward was the location of several proposed sites for people who would be displaced by the Vinegar Hill urban renewal project.

By the time council election bill was introduced, McCue amended it so that hold a referendum would be held on whether citizens wanted wards. Voters would also be asked if they wanted to elect the City Manager. [4]

In 1956, the Charlottesville City Council adopting a resolution condemning Sen. E .O. McCue for his actions in sponsoring a special bill making a referendum necessary before the city can put fluorine back into the public water supply.[5]   

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  1. Web. House History, Virginia House of Delegates Clerk's Office, retrieved 22 October 2023.
  2. Web. Acceptance of E. O. McCue, Jr.'s Application to Sit for VA Bar Exam and Fee 19 June 1926, Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections, retrieved February 22, 2016.
  3. Print: McCue Bill Would Alter Election of Councilmen, Don Devore, Daily Progress, Lindsay family January 23, 1960, Page .
  4. Print: Permissive Election Measure Introduced, Staff Reports, Daily Progress, Lindsay family February 2, 1960, Page 9.
  5. Web. Council Will Seek McCue Bill’s Defeat, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, Thursday February 9, 1956, retrieved 21 October 2023.

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