The Resource Bessie Daniel Catlett LeDuc papers

Bessie Daniel Catlett LeDuc papers

Bessie Daniel Catlett LeDuc papers, 1889-1958, undated
Bessie Daniel Catlett LeDuc papers
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1889-1958, undated
Papers, 1889-1958 and undated, of Bessie Daniel Catlett LeDuc (1889-1970) of Lexington, Virginia, and New Jersey, for the most part pre-date her 1917 marriage to Louis B. LeDuc (1889-1972) and largely consist of correspondence, chiefly letters received from her father, Robert Catlett (1855-1926), family members including her aunt Bessie Daniel and sister Lily Daniel Catlett (1885-1918); friends; and longtime beau W. Gaston Caperton (b. 1888). Also included are two small diaries kept by Bessie Daniel Catlett (LeDuc) in 1909; Catlett family genealogical information; dance cards from events at Washington and Lee, 1908, 1911; photographs, including snapshots (both loose and in a 1912 photo album showing Bessie's group of friends in Lexington), studio portraits (loose and in an undated album), and two unidentified daguerreotypes, one of a couple and one of a young girl; and three published volumes, namely PSALMS AND HYMNS, with "Jennie Daniel" embossed on the front, a pocket-size New Testament inscribed to Lily Daniel Catlett, and HYMNS OF THE AGES, given to Bessie Daniel Catlett (LeDuc) in 1899
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  • Bessie Daniel Catlett was born on 6 November 1889, the daughter of Robert Catlett (1855-1926) and Jennie Friend Daniel Catlett (d. 1900) of Charlotte Court House, Virginia. Robert Catlett, a graduate of the University of Virginia, began his professional career as a lawyer in Charlotte County, and represented that locality in the Virginia General Assembly in the late 1880's. The family moved to Rockbridge County, Virginia, in the early 1890's, where he served as a commonwealth's attorney in Lexington. He later held the positions of assistant attorney general of Virginia, under Attorney General William A. Anderson (1842-1930); clerk of the (U.S.) House Committee on Foreign Affairs; and general counsel of the Federal Land Bank of Baltimore.
  • Robert Catlett raised Bessie and her elder sister Lily Daniel Catlett (1885-1918) after the death of their mother in 1900. The young women spent their formative years in Lexington. Lily Daniel Catlett died in 1918 at the Westbrook Sanitarium in Richmond, Virginia, where she had been receiving treatment for approximately two years. Bessie Catlett graduted from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. She moved to Haddonfield, New Jersey, circa 1914 to work as a Latin teacher and tutor. She married trial lawyer Louis Bronson LeDuc (1889-1972) in 1917. During World War II, Bessie LeDuc headed up the local Red Cross. Bessie and Louis LeDuc resided first in Haddonfield and then Moorestown, New Jersey, raising daughter Anne Chase and son Louis, known as "Kit." Bessie Catlett LeDuc died on 7 August 1970.
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Bessie Daniel Catlett LeDuc papers
  • The Library of Virginia
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Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
LeDuc, Anne
Organization method
Organized into the following series: I. Papers; II. Photographs; III. Volumes.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (4 boxes)

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