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1829-1851
Inclusive dates
1829-1851
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Language
eng
Summary
Papers, 1829-1851, of Edgar Snowden of Alexandria, Virginia. Includes a letter regarding the forthcoming visit by the Marquis de Lafayette (Lafayette visited Alexandria, 16-17 October 1824) and a petition, dated 1843, from the directors of the Fauquier and Alexandria Turnpike Company to the Virginia General Assembly, requesting a modification of the act passed in 1834 relevant to the turnpike. The petition was presented 12 January 1843, as cited in the Journal of the Virginia House of Delegates 1842/43, pg. 66. Also includes a letter from George Mason, 1847 Dec. 3, regarding a legislative petition to have Fairfax County divided. The petition was presented by Snowden, 8 January 1848, as cited in the Journal of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1847/48, p. 132, but was rejected. Other correspondents include R.C. Mason and Lewis McKenzie
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Biographical or historical data
Edgar Snowden (1810-1875), of Alexandria, Virginia, was the son of a newspaperman and continued his father's paper, the ALEXANDRIA GAZETTE, for fcorty-five years after his father's death, cutting short his career as a lawyer. He was active in politics and civic affairs; he served on the Common Council of Alexandria for five years, and then became mayor, heading the city government until 1843; he embraced the Whig Party and worked effectively for the retrocession of Alexandria to Virginia, which was approved in 1846. Snowden was the first representative elected to the Virginia General Assembly from the newly retroceded city, and he was chosen to represent four northern Virginia counties at the Constitutional Convention of 1850-1851. After his defeat in 1853, he focused on internal improvements and the issue of slavery. His Confederate sympathies expressed in the newspaper made him a target during the war and the printing plant was destroyed by fire. Eventually the plant was rebuilt and his son, Edgar Jr., took over the business.
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Vi
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Papers
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  • The Library of Virginia
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20
Immediate source of acquisition
Snowden, Edith A.
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000502716
Type of unit
p.

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