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Label
1854-1857
Inclusive dates
1854-1857
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Subject
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Language
eng
Summary
Letters, 1854-1857, from Charles Fenton Mercer (1778-1858) of Loudoun County, Virginia, to Maria Hunter Garnett (1797-1873) of Essex County, Virginia, consisting of a letter, dated 8 December 1854, detailing Mercer's travels from Russia to Great Britain, including stops in France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland and recalling growing up with his father; a letter, dated 6 June 1856, recollecting his youth after the death of his father and discussing his finances and health; and a letter, dated 29 November 1857, describing his recent trip west and south and discussing a proposed trip to Italy the coming summer, as well as his finances. Copies of these letters can be found in BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF HON. CHARLES FENTON MERCER, pp. 82-93
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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
Form designation
Letters
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
13
Immediate source of acquisition
Garnett, J. Mercer
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
000499042
Type of unit
p.

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