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Senator Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter

Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Essex County, Virginia, United States
Death: July 18, 1887 (78)
Fonthill, Lloyds, Essex County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Loretto, Essex County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of James Hunter and Maria Hunter (Garnett)
Husband of Mary Evelina Hunter and Mary Evelina Hunter
Father of Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter Jr.; Martha "Pink" Taliaferro Hunter; James Dandridge Hunter; Philip Stephen Hunter; Muscoe Russell Garnett Hunter and 3 others
Brother of Maria Garnett

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About Senator Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter

Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter Memorial

Birth: Apr. 21, 1809 Loretto Essex County Virginia, USA

Death: Jul. 18, 1887 Lloyds Essex County Virginia, USA

Democrat congressman from Virginia. He served two nonconsecutuve terms in the House of Representatives from 1837-1843 and from 1845-1847. While in the House of Representatives, he served as Speaker of the House from 1839-1841. He also served in the US Senate from 1847 until he was expelled in 1861 for supporting the Confederate rebellion. From 1861-1862, he served as the confederate Secretary of State in Jefferson Davis' cabinet and from 1874-1880, he served as the State Treasurer of Virginia. (bio by: Tim Crutchfield)


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Spouse:
 Mary Evelina Dandridge Hunter (1817 - 1893)*

Children:
 Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (____ - 1861)*
 Philip Stephen Hunter (1848 - 1919)*
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Burial: Garnett Family Burial Ground at Elmwood Loretto Essex County Virginia, USA


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Originally Created by: Tim Crutchfield Record added: Jan 26, 2004 Find A Grave Memorial# 8321194

Added to Geni By Janet Milburn 3/30/18 Photos courtesy of Thomas J. Fraser, Mr. Ed

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_M._T._Hunter

Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (April 21, 1809 – July 18, 1887) was an American statesman born in Essex County, Virginia.


Career


He entered the University of Virginia in his seventeenth year and was one of its first graduates. While he was a student, he became a member of the Jefferson Literary and Debating Society. He then studied law at the Winchester (Va.) Law School, and in 1830 was admitted to the bar. From 1835 to 1837 he was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.


From 1837 to 1843, and again from 1845 to 1847, he was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He served as Speaker of the House from 1839 to 1841, and is the youngest person to have ever held that position. From 1847 to 1861 he was in the Senate, where he was chairman of the Committee on Finance (1850–1861). He is credited with having brought about a reduction of the quantity of silver in the smaller coins. He was the author of the Tariff of 1857 and of the bonded-warehouse system, and was one of the first to advocate civil service reform. In 1853 he declined President Millard Fillmore's offer to make him Secretary of State.


At the National Democratic Convention at Charleston, South Carolina in 1860, he was the Virginia delegation's choice as candidate for the presidency of the United States, but was defeated for the nomination by Stephen A. Douglas. Hunter did not regard Lincoln's election as being of itself a sufficient cause for secession, and on January 11, 1861 he proposed an elaborate but impracticable scheme for the adjustment of differences between the North and the South, but when this and several other efforts to the same end had failed he quietly urged his own state to pass the ordinance of secession. He was expelled from the Senate for supporting secession.


From 1861 to 1862 he was the Confederate States Secretary of State; and from 1862 to 1865 was a member of the Confederate Senate, in which he was, at times, a caustic critic of the Davis administration. He was one of the commissioners to treat at the Hampton Roads Conference in 1865, and after the surrender of General Lee was summoned by President Lincoln to Richmond to confer regarding the restoration of Virginia in the Union. From 1874 to 1880 he was the treasurer of Virginia, and from 1885 until his death near Lloyds, Virginia, was collector of the Port of Tappahannock, Virginia.


Legacy


Among his works was Origin of the Late War, about the causes of the Civil War.


In 1942, a United States Liberty ship named the SS Robert M. T. Hunter was launched. She was scrapped in 1971.


Hunter was pictured on the Confederate $10 bill. _________________________________________________________________________

HUNTER, ROBERT MERCER TALIAFERRO (1809–1887), American statesman, was born in Essex county, Virginia, on the 21st of April 1809. He entered the university of Virginia in his seventeenth year and was one of its first graduates; he then studied law at the Winchester (Va.) Law School, and in 1830 was admitted to the bar. From 1835 to 1837 he was a member of the Virginia house of delegates; from 1837 to 1843 and from 1845 to 1847 was a member of the national house of representatives, being Speaker from 1839 to 1841; and from 1847 to 1861 he was in the senate, where he was chairman of the finance committee (1850–1861).

He is credited with having brought about a reduction of the quantity of silver in the smaller coins; he was the author of the Tariff Act of 1857 and of the bonded-warehouse system, and was one of the first to advocate civil service reform. In 1853 he declined President Fillmore’s offer to make him secretary of state. At the National Democratic Convention at Charleston, S.C., in 1860 he was the Virginia delegation’s choice as candidate for the presidency of the United States, but was defeated for the nomination by Stephen A. Douglas. Hunter did not regard Lincoln’s election as being of itself a sufficient cause for secession, and on the 11th of January 1861 he proposed an elaborate but impracticable scheme for the adjustment of differences between the North and the South, but when this and several other efforts to the same end had failed he quietly urged his own state to pass the ordinance of secession.

From 1861 to 1862 he was secretary of state in the Southern Confederacy; and from 1862 to 1865 was a member of the Confederate senate, in which he was, at times, a caustic critic of the Davis administration. He was one of the commissioners to treat at the Hampton Roads Conference in 1865 (see Lincoln, Abraham), and after the surrender of General Lee was summoned by President Lincoln to Richmond to confer regarding the restoration of Virginia in the Union. From 1874 to 1880 he was treasurer of Virginia, and from 1885 until his death near Lloyds, Virginia, on the 18th of July 1887, was collector of the Port of Tappahannock, Virginia.

See Martha T. Hunter, A Memoir of Robert M. T. Hunter (Washington, 1903) for his private life, and D. R. Anderson, Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, in the John P. Branch Historical Papers of Randolph Macon College (vol. ii. No. 2, 1906), for his public career.

Source: 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Hunter, Robert Mercer Taliaferro

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Senator Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter's Timeline

1809
April 21, 1809
Essex County, Virginia, United States
1835
1835
Age 25
Virginia
1841
1841
Age 31
1844
1844
Age 34
1848
1848
Age 38
1850
1850
Age 40
1852
1852
Age 42
1887
July 18, 1887
Age 78
Lloyds, Essex County, Virginia, United States
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