The Resource Executive papers of Governor William E. Cameron

Executive papers of Governor William E. Cameron

Label
Executive papers of Governor William E. Cameron, 1882-1885
Title
Executive papers of Governor William E. Cameron
Inclusive dates
1882-1885
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Governor William E. Cameron Executive papers are organized chronologically. These papers consist of incoming correspondence during Cameron’s four-year term as governor of Virginia between 1 January 1882 and 1 January 1886. The correspondence primarily relates to appointments and recommendations for state positions. Governor Cameron’s Executive papers are extremely sparse compared to the executive papers of other Virginia governors
  • Noteworthy documents include the following: a letter from the London Bondholders’ Committee protesting against the governor’s message to the General Assembly regarding the payment of state debts (1882 Jan. 26), a contract of Jesse E. Adams, J. N. Lamkin, and J. M. Moore for the hire of convicts from the Penitentiary to work in stone quarries or other suitable labor (1884 July 2), and a letter from G. H. Bagwell, Commissioner, Onancock, regarding the work of Charles Junkin of the U. S. Coast Survey to establish and mark the points of the Virginia and Maryland boundary line in Pocomoke Sound (1884 Oct. 6)
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Governor's Office. (Search Virginia Governor's Office as author).
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Biographical or historical data
William Evelyn Cameron was born 29 November 1842 in Petersburg, Virginia, to Walker Anderson Cameron and Elizabeth Page Walker Cameron. He attended local schools, then a military academy in Hillsboro, North Carolina. Cameron briefly attended Washington College in St. Louis, Missouri, and received an appointment to the United States Military Academy before the Civil War began. When the war started, he abandoned his preparatory studies for West Point and joined the Confederate army, serving throughout the war. After the war, Cameron returned to Petersburg, where he began practicing law. However, he decided to pursue a career in journalism and edited newspapers in Petersburg, Norfolk, and Richmond, Virginia. Cameron served as mayor of Petersburg from 1876 to 1882. He was elected governor of Virginia as a member of the Readjuster party and attempted to implement its program of debt reduction and providing some racial integration in certain areas. After his term as governor ended in 1886, Cameron briefly left Virginia, before returning and resuming a career in politics as a more conservative politician. Cameron represented Petersburg in the constitutional convention of 1901-1902. He served as editor of the Norfolk VIRGINIAN-PILOT from 1906 to 1919. Cameron married Louisa Clarinda Egerton (1846-1908) 1 October 1868, and they had three children. Cameron died 25 January 1927 at the home of one of his sons in Louisa County, Virginia, and was buried at Blandford Cemetery in Petersburg.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Executive papers of Governor William E. Cameron
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi03133.xml.frame
Note
These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG# 3)
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
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Extent
27
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I. Executive Papers of Governor William E. Cameron, 1882-1885.
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001635184
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
items (1 box)

Library Locations

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