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Originals temporarily unavailable due to conservation concerns. Photocopies have been provided in their place

Label
1875-1887
Inclusive dates
1875-1887
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1875-1887, of David Hunter Strother (1816-1888) of Morgan County, Martinsburg, and Charlestown, West Virginia, consisting of letters, 1875-1887, to Margaret Strother Smith of Richmond, Virginia containing family and personal news and genealogical information. Strother mentions his time in Mexico as the United States consul general and visiting his daughter Emily Strother Walker's (b. 1850) family in Colorado while returning from Mexico. He mentions sketching with his son John Strother (1868-1923) on a trip to the Eastern Shore and mentions his son's job with an Illinois railroad. Strother also promises to write a letter of recommendation for William Strother Smith (1857-1927) to the Naval Academy and remarks on his education. Papers also include genealogical information on the Strother family in England and America
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  • Accessioned
  • Described
  • Cellulose acetate lamination.
Biographical or historical data
David Hunter Strother was born 26 September 1816 in Berkeley County, (West) Virginia, to John Strother (1792-1862) and Elizabeth Hunter Strother. He attended the Old Stone School in Martinsburg, (West) Virginia, the Pennylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and the National Academy of Design in New York, New York. Strother also studied art in Europe. After his return in 1844, Strother began illustrating for magazines. Eventually he combined his arts background with his talent for writing and began a literary career writing under the pseudonym of Porte Crayon. Many of his articles were published in HARPER'S MONTHLY beginning in 1853, and by 1857, he was one of the magazine's highest paid contributors. When the Civil War began, Strother joined the Union army and served in the topographical corps. After the war, he returned to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, and again attempted to write, but was not as successful as he had been in the pre-war era. Strother served as consul general in Mexico from 1879 to 1885, then returned to West Virginia, living in Charlestown, Jefferson County. He died in Charlestown 8 March 1888. Strother married first Anne Doyne Wolff 15 May 1849, and they had one child. He married second Mary Jane Elliott Hunter (1832-1914), and they had two children, only one of whom survived to adulthood.
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Vi
Form designation
Papers
Label
Originals temporarily unavailable due to conservation concerns. Photocopies have been provided in their place
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Originals temporarily unavailable due to conservation concerns. Photocopies have been provided in their place
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
  • 3
  • 18
Immediate source of acquisition
Higgins, Mary Douthat
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001531467
Type of unit
  • leaves and
  • p.

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