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Joseph Thomas Deal

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Joseph Deal was born in Surry, Va. on November 19, 1860.  Little is known about his family and early life but he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va. in 1882.  His early career was spent in the town of Surry where he worked in civil engineering and lumber manufacturing.  In 1891, he moved to Norfolk where he spent the next few years continuing to work in the lumber industry.  His engineering background proved useful to him years later when he became chairman of the Improvement Board of Norfolk.  He served in this capacity from 1905 to 1910.  During this time, he became increasingly involved in politics and served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1908.  He was elected to the State House of Delegates in 1910 where he served one term and to the State Senate in 1919.  Deal was elected to national office in 1921 as a member of the House of Representatives for the 2nd District of Virginia.  While in Congress, Deal was an ardent opponent of Prohibition and earned a reputation as a fervent “wet.”  He left politics after an electoral defeat in 1929 and resumed working in the lumber manufacturing until his death in 1942.



U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress; available from (accessed June 28, 2012).  Also see Obituary of Joseph Deal, New York Times, March 8, 1942.      

Biographical information provided by Norfolk Bureau of Cemeteries.

Visitor Information

Visitor Hours: Sunrise to Sunset

Office hours: Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Free parking inside cemetery.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 8100 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505

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