Fred W. Twyman

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Fred W. Twyman
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Biographical Information

Date of birth July 10, 1872
Date of death September 15, 1938 (aged 66)
Place of death Charlottesville, Virginia
Spouse Sallie Whitlock Baker Twyman (March 31, 1880-January 4, 1945, aged 64)
Children James Baker Twyman
Alma mater Locust Dale Academy University of Virginia

Frederick W. Twyman (1872 – 1938) was a prominent commercial developer and active civic leader in the first half of the 20th Century. Twyman was an active factor in financial and commercial circles, which included opening in the two major performing venues in the city, the Jefferson Theater (1912) and the Lafayette Theater (1921). At the time of his death, at age 66, Twyman was head of the Jefferson-Lafayette Corporation. For over thirty years he took active interest in affairs of the city. In 1904 he was elected a member of the city council and served as such until the Commissioner Form of government was instituted in 1922, when he was chosen one of the three commissioners. He was elected council president by his colleagues to the office of mayor, a position he held from 1932 to 1934. In all he served the city through three forms of government – the common council with twelve members, the bicameral council with four aldermen and eight council, and the commission form with five members.

Biography

Twyman was born on July 10, 1872, the eldest son of Horace D. Twyman Horace Davis and Sallie Warner (Nichol) Twyman, prominent resident of Madison County. His brothers were David N. Twyman and Horace W. Twyman; sister Nannie Twyman (Mrs. Walter S. Ferguson). Frederick William Twyman received his preliminary education at private schools in Madison County and at Locust Dale Academy, after which he pursued a graduate course at the University of Virginia.

At the age of eighteen he began his business career with the Peoples National Bank, with which he remained until 1907 when he purchased an interest in the Albemarle Telephone Company, of which he became president and which he was connected with until 1928.

On July 6, 1910, Twyman was married to Miss Sallie Whitlock Baker (1880-1945), daughter of James Biscoe Baker (1834–1902) and Sallie Claiborne Barksdale Baker (1840–1916). Professor James Briscoe Baker was University Librarian from 1886 to1891 and for many years, secretary of the faculty at the University of Virginia. Frederick and Sallie had one son, James Baker Twyman.

Public life

For over thirty years he took active interest in affairs of the city. In 1904 he was first elected a member of the city council and served as such until the Commissioner Form of government was instituted in 1922, when he was chosen one of the three commissioners. He was elected by the board to the office of mayor, which position he held from 1932 to 1934.

Elections

In 1904, Twyman was elected to the city council representing the Second Ward, an office he held until the commission form of government was instituted in 1922 under the city’s new charter. With eight candidates competing for five Council seats, former commissioner Twyman succeeded himself in the 1928 election for one of the five open “at-large” city council seats. He was elected by the city council board to the office of mayor, a position he held from 1932 until 1934.

1904 election

In the 1904 municipal election for Mayor and City Councilmen held on Tuesday, June 14th, Twyman was elected member of the city council representing the Second Ward, a seat he held until until the Commission Form of government was instituted in 1928. Prior to 1928, Charlottesville's legislative body consisted of a twelve-member Board of Aldermen and a Common Council made up of three representatives from each of the four wards in the city. The Mayor was elected at-large.

  • 1928 election - Twyman was one of eight candidates competing for all five Council seats in the 1928 election, the first election under the new Commission Form of government authorized by an amendment of the city charter by the General Assembly. He was one of the five nominated by a composity body representing several civic organizations. Twyman succeeded himself in the election, receiving the fourth hightest number of votes. In accordance with the city chater, at this first election of the new form of government, the three candidates receiving the highest number of votes held office for four years and the two receiving the next highest number of votes, held office for two years; with the next election held in 1930, the term of office of the councilmen would be four years. Twyman and the other four new commissioners took office on September 1, 1928.

Treasury race

Twyman ran for treasurer in 1909. [1]

Council

When he ran for treasurer in 1909, he was also president of the City Council.

He was also on Council in 1918. [2]

Twyman was also a candidate for Council in 1928 election. [3]

When the Charlottesville city charter was rewritten in 1928, the Board of Aldermen and the Common Council were replaced by a five-member City Council under Commission Form of government. All five councilors were elected at-large for terms lasting four years. The new charter also gave the City Council the power to hire a city manger. The first council meeting as a unicameral body occurred on September 1, 1928.

Positions in 1928

Twyman wrote to the Daily Progress in June 1928 to outline his platform, though he said he was running because the city had a great many needs to address. He said the city needed to tackle the question of zoning "because the business and residential districts are constantly meeting other" destroying property values. Twyman also said Main Street needed to be improved and the sewer system needed to be expanded.

Business interests

Twyman was president of the Albemarle Telephone Company in 1909.

He was also the chair of a committee that raised funds for a new hotel that would become the Monticello Hotel. [4]

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References

  1. Web. Out In The Open for Treasurership, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, January 26, 1909, retrieved January 22, 2017 from University of Virginia Library.
  2. Web. To Resurface Macadam Roads, Commoon Council Votes Sum of $5,000, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, July 12, 1918, retrieved July 12, 2016 from University of Virginia Library.
  3. Web. Candidates Give Their Platforms, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, June 1, 1928, retrieved June 1, 2016 from University of Virginia Library.
  4. Web. Hotel Victory, Staff Reports, Daily Progress Digitized Microfilm, Lindsay family, June 1, 1924, retrieved June 2, 2016 from University of Virginia Library. Print. June 1, 1924 page 3.

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