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William H. Richardson letter

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William H. Richardson letter, 1841 Nov. 24
Title
William H. Richardson letter
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1841 Nov. 24
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Language
eng
Summary
Letter, 24 November 1841, from William H. Richardson (1795-1876), Secretary of the Commonwealth and adjutant-general of Virginia, to James K. Smith, Captain of the 138th Virginia militia in Harrison County, (West) Virginia, concerning commissions for officers in the regiment
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Biographical or historical data
William Harvie Richardson was born 18 December 1795 in Richmond, Virginia, to George Parke Richardson and Frances Bacon Whitlock Richardson. He served as a captain in a rifle company during the War of 1812. In 1821, Richardson was elected clerk of the Council of State and served until 1852. He organized and served as the first librarian of the Virginia State Library from 1828 to 1852. Richardson was the first Secretary of the Commonwealth, holding that position from 1832 to 1852. In 1841, he was appointed adjutant-general of Virginia, a position he retained until 1876, except for a brief time following the Civil War. He also served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the Virginia Military institute from 1841 to 1876. He was active in the Virginia Agricultural Society. Richardson married Mary Carter Randolph (1797-1856) 16 December 1816 and they had 2 children. Richardson died 1 September 1876 and was buried in Hollywood cemetery.
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VIC
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William H. Richardson letter
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  • The Library of Virginia
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1
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Immediate source of acquisition
David G. Phillips Auctions, Inc.
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001589138
Type of unit
leaf

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