Mary Christian (politician)

Mary Taylor Christian (August 9, 1924 – November 11, 2019) was an American educator and politician.

Mary Taylor Christian
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
from the 92nd district
In office
January 8, 1986 – January 14, 2004
Preceded byRichard M. Bagley
Succeeded byJeion Ward
Personal details
Mary Esther Taylor

(1924-08-09)August 9, 1924
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
DiedNovember 11, 2019(2019-11-11) (aged 95)
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Wilbur Christian
Alma materHampton University
Columbia University
Michigan State University
ProfessionUniversity professor and dean

Christian was born in Hampton, Virginia and graduated from Phenix High School in Hampton in 1941. She received her bachelor's degree in education in 1955 from Hampton University, and her master's degree in speech and drama from Columbia University in 1960. Christian then received her doctorate degree from Michigan State University in 1968. She taught at Hampton University and was its dean of education, starting in 1980. Christian served on the Hampton school board. She served in the Virginia House of Delegates, from 1986 to 2003, and was a Democrat. She had three children.[1][2][3][4]


  1. ^ The History Makers: The Honorable Mary T. Christian
  2. ^ Former Hampton educator, politician Mary T. Christian passes away at 95
  3. ^ Virginia House Democrats Honor The Memory of Dr. Mary Tyler Christian
  4. ^ "Mary Taylor Christian's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved November 19, 2019.