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Letter

Label
Letter, 1875 Jan. 12
Title
Letter
Inclusive dates
1875 Jan. 12
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 12 January 1875, from Alexander H. H. Stuart (1807-1891) at Spring Camp, Floyd County, Virginia to James Lewis and his sister Mary Ann, quoting Bible verses, wishing them a happy new year, and mentioning Allen Tayor Caperton (1810-1876), William Cabell Rives (1793-1868) and his wife Judith Page Walker Rives (1802-1882), Emma Walker Gilmer Breckinridge (1803-1893), and James Breckinridge (1763-1833). Stuart states that Dr. Francis Taliaferro Stribling (1810-1874), head of Western Lunatic Asylum died and has been succeeded by Robert F. Baldwin (1829-1879). Stuart adds an unflattering assessment of President Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885)
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Biographical or historical data
Alexander Hugh Holmes Stuart was born 2 April 1807 in Staunton, Virginia, to Archibald Stuart (1757-1832) and Eleanor Briscoe Stuart (1767-1858). He attended the College of William and Mary and studied law at the University of Virginia. Stuart received his law license in 1828. Stuart represented Augusta County in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1836 to 1839. He served in the United States Congress from 1841 to 1843, and in 1850, was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Millard Fillmore (1800-1874), serving until Fillmore's term ended in 1853. Stuart then served in the Virginia Senate from 1857 to 1861, and represented Augusta County in the Virginia Secession Convention of 1861. After the Civil War, he was again elected to the United States Congress, but was refused his seat. Stuart headed the Committee of Nine which was instrumental in having Virginia readmitted to the Union in 1870. He again represented Augusta County in the House of Delegates from 1874 to 1877, chairing the committee of finance. Stuart was rector of the University of Virginia from 1876 to 1882 and from 1884 to 1886. He married Frances Cornelia Baldwin (ca. 1816-1885) 1 August 1833, and they had nine children. Stuart died in Staunton 13 February 1891.
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Vi
Label
Letter
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
2
Immediate source of acquisition
Bookworm and Silverfish
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001527815
Type of unit
p.

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