The Resource Letter

Letter

Label
Letter, 1888 Apr. 11
Title
Letter
Inclusive dates
1888 Apr. 11
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 11 April 1888, from Frank G. Ruffin (1816-1892), Second Auditor of Virginia, to W. Gordon McCabe (1841-1920), describing his experiences with Frederick William Coleman (1811-1868) at the University of Virginia in the 1830s. Ruffin describes his own educational experiences at various academies in North Carolina and Virginia
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Office of the Second Auditor. (Search Virginia Office of the Second Auditor as author).
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Biographical or historical data
Frank G. Ruffin was born 1 December 1816 in Woodville, Mississippi to William Hopper Ruffin and Frances Gildart Ruffin. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by his grandfather, William Ruffin (ca. 1758-1825), in Raleigh, North Carolina. After his grandfather's death, Ruffin was raised by an aunt and uncle in Hanover County, Virginia. After attending various schools, Ruffin entered the University of Virginia and graduated at age 16. He moved to Richmond where he studied for the bar, and was accepted to the bar in October 1838. He began practicing in King William County, Virginia, but disappointed with the law, turned to agriculture. After his marriage, Ruffin moved to Albemarle County in 1841, then to Richmond in 1853. He served as editor of the SOUTHERN PLANTER from 1851 to 1858. He also purchased an estate in Chesterfield County, Virginia. When the Civil War began, Ruffin entered Confederate service as a major in the Commissary and eventually rose to the rank of colonel. After the war, he pursued various business and agricultural interests. A Readjuster, Ruffin became disillusioned with William Mahone's (1826-1895) control of the party. Ruffin was appointed 2nd auditor of Virginia, a position he held until his death. Ruffin led efforts to improve the James River and make Richmond a major port. He married first, Cary Anne Nicholas Randolph (1820-1857), the daughter of Thomas Jefferson Randolph (1792-1875) and great-granddaugher of Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), on 28 December 1840, and they had 9 children. He married second, Ellen Strother Harvie (ca. 1818-1899), the granddaughter of John Marshall (1755-1835). Ruffin died 5 June 1892 in Richmond, Virginia, and is buried in Hollywood cemetery.
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
Letter
Note
This record is part of the Virginia Office of the Second Auditor record group (RG#50) and is filed with the miscellaneous state records collection
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
Inventory
Extent
6
Immediate source of acquisition
Dr. J.H.C. Bagby
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
001530681
Type of unit
p.

Library Locations

    • Library of VirginiaBorrow it
      800 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA, 23219, US
      37.5415632 -77.4360805
Processing Feedback ...