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Autobiographical sketch

Autobiographical sketch, 1849 Mar. 14
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1849 Mar. 14
Autobiographical sketch, 14 March 1849, of Charles Fenton Mercer (1778-1858) of Loudoun County, Virginia, providing a brief family history; his education at Princeton University; his legal career; his service in the Virginia House of Delegates; his service in the Virginia militia during the War of 1812; and his career in the United States House of Representatives. Mercer details his career in the House of Delegates where he championed militia reform and internal improvements. He also comments on his election to the United States Congress and his efforts for national internal improvement. Mercer writes on the creation of the American Colonization Society and the formation of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Company. Mercer was also a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convetion of 1829-1830. James Mercer Garnett (1840-1916), father of the donor, published this as BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF HON. CHARLES FENTON MERCER. The pencil emendations are probably in Garnett's hand
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Charles Fenton Mercer was born 16 June 1778 in Fredericksburg, Virginia to James Mercer (1736-1793) and Eleanor Dick Mercer (d. 1780). He attended the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), and received a Bachelor's of Arts in 1797, and a Master's in 1800. Mercer was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Loudoun County, Virginia, from 1810 to 1817. During the War of 1812, he served in the Virginia militia, rising to the rank of general. After the war, Mercer was elected to the United States Congress in 1817 and remained until 1839. Mercer founded the American Colonization Society in 1817 along with Francis Scott Key. An advocate of internal improvements, he was named president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1828. Mercer attended the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830 as a reform delegate. After his retirement from Congress, Mercer continued to travel and work for the American Colonization Society. He died 4 May 1858 in Loudoun County.
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