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Papers, 1807-1866, of Charles Fenton Mercer (1778-1858) of Loudoun County, Virginia, consisting of a letter, 5 April 1843, from Charles Fenton Mercer to his niece Eliza Lucinda Garnett (1815-1847) of Essex County, Virginia, describing his life in Tallahassee, Florida, and letters, 1853-1854, from Mercer to his nephew Theodore S. Garnett (1812-1885) describing his travels in Italy and in Switzerland, discussing his land holdings in Texas and Kentucky. Papers also contain a prayer, n.d., possibly written by Mercer. Papers also consist of a letter, 1 November 1807, from James Mercer Garnett (1770-1843) to his wife Mary Garnett (1774-1837) concerning her health; a deed, 17 June 1840, for 1411 acres in Mason County, Virginia, from John James Chew, for the heirs of Thomas Sedden, to Theodore S. Garnett; and a letter, 15 June 1866, from R. M. T. Hunter (1809-1887) to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia recommending James M. Garnett (1840-1916) for assistant professor of ancient languages
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Charles Fenton Mercer was born 16 June 1778 in Fredericksburg, Virginia to James Mercer (1736-1793) and Eleanor Dick Mercer (d. 1780). He attended the College of New Jersey (Princeton University), and received a Bachelor's of Arts in 1797, and a Master's in 1800. Mercer was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, representing Loudoun County, Virginia, from 1810 to 1817. During the War of 1812, he served in the Virginia militia, rising to the rank of general. After the war, Mercer was elected to the United States Congress in 1817 and remained until 1839. Mercer founded the American Colonization Society in 1817 along with Francis Scott Key. An advocate of internal improvements, he was named president of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal in 1828. Mercer attended the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830 as a reform delegate. After his retirement from Congress, Mercer continued to travel and work for the American Colonization Society. He died 4 May 1858 in Loudoun County.
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Garnett, J. Mercer
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