The Resource 1799
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- Courtship -- Virginia | Richmond
- Richmond (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century
- James City County (Va.) -- Social life and customs -- 18th century
- Wickham family
- Tazewell family
- James City County (Va.) -- History -- 18th century
- Personal papers -- Virginia | James City County
- Richmond (Va.) -- History -- 18th century
- Letters (correspondence)
- Tazewell, Littleton Waller, 1774-1860
- Wickham, John, 1763-1839
- McClurg, Elizabeth Selden, 1781-1853
- Transcripts of letters, 1799, from Littleton Waller Tazewell (1774-1860) of James City County, Virginia, to Elizabeth Selden McClurg (1781-1853) of Richmond, Virginia. Letters were written by Tazewell in 1799 when he was courting Elizabeth McClurg. Tazewell's courtship was not successful and Elizabeth McClurg married Tazewell's friend and mentor John Wickham (1763-1839). Also includes explanatory notes on Tazewell, McClurg, and Wickham by the transcriber Alyson L. Taylor-White
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- Littleton Waller Tazewell was born in Williamsburg, Virginia, 17 December 1774 to Henry Tazewell and Dorothea Elizabeth Waller. Educated by his grandfather Benjamin Waller and George Wythe (1726-1806), Tazewell attended the College of William and Mary, graduating in 1791. He studied law under John Wickham (1763-1839) of Richmond, Virginia, and was admitted to the bar in 1796. Tazewell represented James City County in the House of Delegates from 1798 to 1800. That year, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served until 1801. In 1802, Tazewell relocated to Norfolk, Virginia, to continue his law practice. He represented Norfolk in the House of Delegates from 1804 to 1806 and in 1816. President James Monroe appointed Tazewell a commissioner to settle claims under the treaty in which Spain ceded Florida to the United States. In 1824, Tazewell was appointed to the United States Senate, and he served eight years before resigning 16 July 1832. He served as a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829-1830. Tazewell was elected governor of Virginia in 1834 and served until 1836, when he resigned. Tazewell returned to Norfolk where he spent most of his time running his plantations in Northampton County, Virginia. He married Ann Stratton Nivison (1785-1859) 15 July 1802, and they had nine children. Tazewell died 6 May 1860 in Norfolk, and was buried at King's Creek plantation in Northampton County. He was reinterred at Elmwood Cemetery in Norfolk.
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- Location of originals duplicates
- Originals are located at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, Virginia.
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