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1861 Feb. 21
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1861 Feb. 21
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eng
Summary
Letter, 21 February 1861, from William Joseph Robertson (1817-1898) judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, Richmond, Virginia, to Roger A. Pryor (1828-1919) concerning the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia and a proposal to eliminate the political course at the university. Robertson argues for the retention of the course and its instructor James Philemon Holcombe (1820-1873), who was attending the Virginia Convention at the time. Robertson also writes that he fears the majority of the Virginia Convention will not vote to secede but will vote to remain with the North if it receives even false concessions
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William Joseph Robertson was born 30 December 1817 in Culpeper County, Virginia, to John Robertson (1770-1818) and Sarah Brand Robertson. He attended the University of Virginia and received a law degree in 1841. Robertson briefly practiced law in Louisa County, Virginia, before moving to Charlottesville, Virginia. He was elected prosecuting attorney for Albemarle County, Virginia, in 1852, and also served on the University of Virginia Board of Visitors. In 1859 he was appointed judge of the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals and served until removed by the federal government after the Civil War ended in 1865. Robertson returned to law practice in Charlottesville and became one of the state's leading attorneys, even arguing cases before the United States Supreme Court. Robertson was elected the first president of the Virginia State Bar Association when it was founded in 1888. Robertson married first Hannah Gordon (d. 1861) 16 August 1842, and they had nine children. He married second Alice Watts Morris 16 July 1863, and they had five children. Robertson died 27 May 1898 in Charlottesville.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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4
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Historical Collectible Auctions
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001528010
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p.

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