About John Pope Duval
First Grand Master of the M.W. Grand Lodge F&A.M. of Florida
Son of William and Ann Duval; brother of Samuel, William, Nathaniel and Lucy.
Educated at Washington and Lee University (1806-1807) and College of William and Mary (1811). Admitted to the bar in the state of Virginia in 1811. Enlisted in the 20th US Infantry (4/9/1812) and was recommended as First Lieutenant by Thomas Jefferson. Fought on the Canadian frontier in the War of 1812 and was promoted to Captain in 1813. Returned to Virginia and was staioned near Norfolk, where he assisted Andrew Jackson, Robert Butler, and Richard Keith Call in securing peace with Great Britain. Resigned his commission and returned to Richmond to practice law in 1815. He married Ann Fouchee Tebbs that year. Fathered six children: Laura Peyton, Annie, Dr. John Pope Duval II, Dr. Lucian Duval, William Pope Duval and Captain Harvie Sheffield Duval.
Moved to Tallahassee in June 1827 where his brother William was serving as territorial governor. Moved to Bardstown, KY in 1832 due to poor health, then to Texas in 1836, where he helped organize volunteers in the war with Mexico. He then returned to Florida and served under Governor Richard Call as Secretary of the Territory and wrote the "Digest of the Laws of Florida."
Served as Chairman of the State Democratic Convention, 1848, in Madison County, where he opposed secession.