Nathaniel Beverly Tucker, "Confederate Agent"

Is your surname Tucker?

Research the Tucker family

Nathaniel Beverly Tucker, "Confederate Agent"'s Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Nathaniel Beverly Tucker

Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Death: July 04, 1890 (69)
Richmond, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Judge Henry St. George Tucker and Ann Evelina Tucker
Husband of Jane Shelton Ellis
Father of Beverly Dandridge Tucker; Margaret Nimmo Tucker; Charles Ellis Tucker; Henry St. George Tucker; Frances Bland Tucker and 1 other
Brother of Ann Evelina Hunter Magill; Dr. David Hunter Tucker; Sarah Virginia Brooke; John Randolph Tucker; Saint George Tucker and 2 others

Managed by: Erica Howton
Last Updated:

About Nathaniel Beverly Tucker, "Confederate Agent"

Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (June 8, 1820 - July 4, 1890), Confederate Agent, was born in Winchester, Virginia and died in Richmond, July 4, 1890.

Generally known as Beverly Tucker, he was educated at the University of Virginia. In 1853 he founded the Washington "Sentinel," and in the same year was made printer to the senate. He was appointed consul to Liverpool in 1857, and served as such till 1861. During the war he was made secret agent of the Confederate States, and in 1862 was sent by the Confederate government to England and France to obtain supplies, and in 1863-64 to Canada for a like purpose. He was included by President Johnson in his proclamation on the assassination of Lincoln, and a price was set on his head. In reply Tucker wrote to Johnson that he had better look nearer home, as the person profiting most by Lincoln's death was Johnson himself. He went to Mexico, where he remained until the downfall of Maximilian, when he returned and took up his residence in Washington City, and Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. He died in Richmond, July 4, 1890. (1)


He was the grandson of St. George Tucker, the nephew of Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (1784-1851) and the son of Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1897).  His mother was Anne Evelina (Hunter) Tucker and John Randolph Tucker (1823-1897) was his brother.  He married Jane Shelton in 1841.  They had eight children.


Nathaniel Beverley Tucker (June 8, 1820 – July 4, 1890) was an American journalist, printer, and diplomat. During the American Civil War he was a Confederate States (Southern) economic agent in France, England, and Canada, and also a secret representative in the North.


Tucker was born in Winchester, Virginia, the son of Congressman Henry St. George Tucker, Sr. and Ann Evelina Hunter. Thus he was the brother of John Randolph Tucker, Congressman, and the uncle of Henry St. George Tucker, III, Congressman. He was named for the writer and judge Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, his own uncle.

Tucker was educated at the University of Virginia. He founded the Washington Sentinel and was its editor from 1853 to 1856. In December 1853 he was elected printer to the United States Senate, and in 1857 he was appointed consul to Liverpool, England, where he remained until 1861. Then he joined the Confederate Army.

The Confederate government sent him to the United Kingdom and France in 1862, and to Canada in 1863–64, to arrange the trade of cotton for food. He also made some secret diplomatic representations to Northern men of influence. During the War he was on the Union "Wanted List", and in its aftermath he was charged as a conspirator in the successful 1865 plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. Although he was never arrested, he was never pardoned either.

After the War he went to Mexico, and remained there until the reign of Maximilian I of Mexico (not recognized by the U.S.) came to an end in June 1867, when he returned to Canada. Upon returning to the United States in 1869, he resided in Washington, D.C., and Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. In 1890 he died in Richmond, Virginia.

In 1840 or 1841, Tucker married Jane Shelton Ellis (born about 1820 in Richmond, Virginia), the daughter of Charles Ellis and Jane Shelton. Among his eight children was Beverley Dandridge Tucker, Episcopal Bishop of Southern Virginia. (Thus he was the grandfather of Henry St. George Tucker, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, USA from 1938 to 1946.)



  1. From Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, Volume III, By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D., Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1915
  2. Nathaniel Beverley Tucker Papers, 1830-1903, at the College of William & Mary
  3. [S212] Randolph Family Tree, Robert Isham Randolph, (Chicago, Illinois: unknown, 1936, 402 pages), page 234 (Reliability: 4). Randolph Family Tree
  4. [S306] Bolling Batte Papers, R. Bolling Batte, (Richmond, Virginia: The Library of Virginia, 1992), Tucker, A - Card 22 of 104 (Reliability: 4).


view all

Nathaniel Beverly Tucker, "Confederate Agent"'s Timeline

July 8, 1820
Winchester, Virginia, United States
November 9, 1846
Richmond, Virginia, United States
July 4, 1890
Age 69
Richmond, Virginia, United States
July 6, 1890
Age 69
Shockoe Interments, Richmond, Virginia, United States