The Resource Corrections of biographical mistakes and popular errors in regard to his character. anecdotes and new facts illustrating his religious and political opinions and the style and power of his eloquence. a brief account of his last illness and death

Corrections of biographical mistakes and popular errors in regard to his character. anecdotes and new facts illustrating his religious and political opinions and the style and power of his eloquence. a brief account of his last illness and death

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Corrections of biographical mistakes and popular errors in regard to his character. anecdotes and new facts illustrating his religious and political opinions and the style and power of his eloquence. a brief account of his last illness and death, 1872
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Corrections of biographical mistakes and popular errors in regard to his character. anecdotes and new facts illustrating his religious and political opinions and the style and power of his eloquence. a brief account of his last illness and death
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1872
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eng
Summary
Biographical sketch, dated 1872, on Patrick Henry (1736-1799) collected by his great-grandson Edward Fontaine (1814-1884) correcting errors in a biography of Henry. The original document is located in the library of Cornell University
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Edward Fontaine was born 5 August 1814 in Henry County, Virginia, the son of Patrick Henry Fontaine (1775-1852) and Nancy Dabney Miller Fontaine (1775-1862), and the grandson of Patrick Henry (1736-1799). He was admitted to the United States Military Academy in 1830, but was discharged from West Point in July 1832 because of a deficiency in math. Fontaine was admitted to the bar in Henry County 28 February 1835, and that same year his family moved to Mississippi. He served as a draftsman on the survey of Chickasaw lands in Mississippi acquired by the federal government, but then left that job and became a teacher. In 1838 he became a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church and in 1839, moved to Texas where he headed congregations in Austin and Galveston, Texas. He left the ministry in 1840 and became the private secretary to Mirabeau B. Lamar (1798-1859), the president of Texas. When Lamar's term ended, Fontaine taught school from 1842 to 1843. Fontaine moved back to Mississippi in 1843 and entered the Episcopal Church. He was ordained a minister 14 May 1848. From 1848 to 1859 he headed St. David's Church in Austin, but returned to Mississippi in 1859. During the Civil War, Fontaine served as captain of Company H, 18th Mississippi Infantry and as the chief of ordnance for the Mississippi army. After the war ended, he served parishes in Louisiana and in Mississippi. An amateur naturalist, Fontaine wrote several scientific works. He married first, Mary Ann Swisher (1815-1855) of Tennessee and Texas 15 November 1840, and they had three children. He married second, Susan Taylor Britton (1829-1908) 29 May 1859, and they had five children. Fontaine died 19 January 1884 in Belvidere, Hinds County, Mississippi.
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Patrick Henry:
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Corrections of biographical mistakes and popular errors in regard to his character. anecdotes and new facts illustrating his religious and political opinions and the style and power of his eloquence. a brief account of his last illness and death
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Item located in Oversize Box 3
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  • The Library of Virginia
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43
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Patrick Henry Memorial Foundation
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000499892
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Photostats (negative).
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leaves.

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