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1853-1858
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1853-1858
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Language
eng
Summary
Journals, 1853-1858, of Charles Fenton Mercer (1778-1858) of Loudoun County, Virginia, consisting of two journals. The first volume covers most of the three years he spent abroad in Europe, from July, 1853 to July, 1856. It includes expenditures for furniture, books, and household goods, a political diary, and accounts of his travels. The second volume is primarily a journal of his expenses as he travelled in the East and South from 12 July 1856 to 8 April 1858, including New York, New York; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, D. C.; Savannah, Georgia; Tallahassee, Florida; and throughout Virginia (including present-day West Virginia). Interspersed among the accounts are his comments on his travels
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Biographical or historical data
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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Vi
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Journals
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
2
Immediate source of acquisition
Garnett, J. Mercer
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000495738
Type of unit
v.

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