1842 – He was born in Petersburg, Virginia, on the 29th of November.
– He attended Washington College in St. Louis, Missouri, and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.
1868 – He married Louisa Clarinda Egerton on 1st of October.
1876 – He served as mayor of Petersburg.
1881 – He was the candidate of the Readjuster Party headed by William T. Mahone and was elected governor of Virginia.
1882-1886 – He served as Governor of Virginia.
1901-1902 – He represented Petersburg in the Virginia Constitutional Convention.
1906-1919 – He served as editor of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot newspaper.
1927 – William Evelyn Cameron died on the 25th of January at the home in Louisa County, Virginia.