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Gideon D. Camden letters

Gideon D. Camden letters, 1840-1855
Gideon D. Camden letters
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Letters, 1840-1855, written to Gideon D. Camden (1805-1891) by various correspondents. Most of the letters date from Camden's time practicing law in Clarksburg, (West) Virginia, and deal with his role in the settlement of miscellaneous financial claims. The majority of these letters were written from Baltimore. Among the later correspondence, received during his time as a judge of the Twenty-first Circuit Court, is a letter, 21 March 1853, from fellow judge Edward Johnston (d. 1853), turning down Camden's proposal to exchange circuits with him for the coming Fall
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Gideon Draper Camden was born on 31 August 1805 in Montgomery County, Maryland, the son of Henry Camden, a Methodist minister, and Mary Belt Sprigg Camden. The family later moved to Lewis County, (West) Virginia. Camden was admitted to the bar of Lewis County in 1827. Some highlights of his career include: representing Lewis County in the Virginia House of Delegates, 1828-1829; serving as clerk of the Superior Court of Lewis County; practicing law in Clarksburg; member of the Convention of 1850-1851; election in 1852 and 1860 as judge of the Twenty-first Circuit Court; and election in 1872 to a four-year term in the West Virginia Senate. He married Sarah Hoffman (d. 1879) on 24 February 1825 and eventually had seven children with her. In 1883, he married Almira Hornor Davis. He died on 22 April 1891. For a more complete biographical sketch, see Camden's entry in the Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Vol. 2.
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Gideon D. Camden letters
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