The Resource Loose papers are located in proper accession number order | One item located in oversize, box 59. Photocopy of item located with other loose papers

Loose papers are located in proper accession number order | One item located in oversize, box 59. Photocopy of item located with other loose papers

Label
1874-1892
Inclusive dates
1874-1892
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Language
eng
Summary
Scrapbooks and papers, 1874-1892, of Frank G. Ruffin (1816-1892) of Richmond, Virginia. Seven scrapbooks contain clippings of newspapers articles concerning African Americans, agriculture, education, improvement of the James River, liquor laws, political conventions, presidential elections, race relations, railroads, Readjuster movement, taxation, Virginia bonds, Virginia state debt, Virginia politics, and the Democratic and Republican parties. Individuals prominent in the scrapbooks include William Cameron, Richard Henry Cardwell, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William Mahone, William Lawrence Royall, and Williams Carter Wickham. Loose papers include photocopies of newspaper articles, most undated, notes, receipts, broadsides, and a letter, 19 February 1892, from Ruffin to Richard Henry Cardwell regarding remarks Cardwell made in a speech in the Virginia House of Delegates
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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.
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Vi
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Scrapbooks and papers
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Loose papers are located in proper accession number order | One item located in oversize, box 59. Photocopy of item located with other loose papers
Note
  • Loose papers are located in proper accession number order
  • One item located in oversize, box 59. Photocopy of item located with other loose papers
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
  • 33
  • 7
Immediate source of acquisition
Acquisition information unavailable.
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000493942
Type of unit
  • leaves and 8
  • p.
  • v.

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