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- Letter, dated 29 April 1813, from Charles Fenton Mercer (1778-1858) of Loudoun County, Virginia, to James Mercer Garnett (1770-1843) of Essex County, Virginia, regarding monies owed to Virginia by the federal government for militia expenses, status of the War of 1812 in Virginia, and John Randolph's (1773-1833) defeat in his reelection bid to Congress. A copy of this letter can be found in BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH OF HON. CHARLES FENTON MERCER, pp. 39-41
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- 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 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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