De Bow, J. D. B. (James Dunwoody Brownson), 1820-1867

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Editor and statistician, of New Orleans, La.

From the description of Papers, 1779-1915. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19491448

Robert William Hughes was born at Muddy Creek Plantation, Powhatan County, Va. in 1821. His parents died in 1822 and he was raised by Edward C. Carrington and Eliza Preston Carrington. He attended Caldwell Institute, Greensboro, N. C. and studied law in Fincastle, Va. He married Eliza M. Johnston, niece of Joseph E. Johnston and the adopted daughter and niece of John B. Floyd. Hughes' son was Robert Morton Hughes. Robert William Hughes was a newspaper editor and federal district attorney. Involved in post Civil War Republican Party politics, he was nominated for governor of Virginia and for Congress but did not win. He was appointed judge of the federal court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

  • 16 Jan. 1821: Born at Muddy Creek Plantation, Powhatan Co., Va.,the son of Jesse and Elizabeth Woodson (Morton) Hughes.
  • 1822: Both parents died, and Hugheswas raised by Gen. Edward C. Carringtonand his wife, Eliza(Preston) Carringtonof Halifax Co., Va.(family relationship not known).
  • Ca. 1833 - 1837 : "put to the carpenter's trade in Princeton, N.J."
  • Ca. 1837 - 1838 : Attended Caldwell Institute,Greensboro, N.C.
  • Ca. 1839: Tutor, Bingham High School,Hillsboro, N.C.
  • 1843: Studied law, Fincastle, Va.
  • 1846: Began practice of law, Richmond, Va.
  • 4 June 1850: Married Eliza M. Johnston,(1825-1908), niece of Gen. Joseph E. Johnstonand niece and adopted daughter of John Buchananand Sarah (Preston) Floyd.
  • 1850: Began writing editorials for the Richmond Examiner.
  • 1853 - 1857 : Editor of the Richmond Examinerwhile regular editor in Europe.
  • 1855: Birth of son, Robert Morton Hughes.
  • 1857 - 1861 : Editor of the Washington Union,and lived in home of Secretary of War John Buchanan Floyd.
  • 1861: Birth of son, Floyd Hughes(2 other children died young)
  • 1861: Because of "chronic disease" retired to a farm near Abingdon, Va.,where General and Mrs. Floyd1ived with the Hughes family.
  • 1861 - 1864 : Wrote for the Richmond Examiner,showing hostility toward Jefferson Davis' administration.
  • 1865 - 1866 : Edited the Richmond Republic,and generally pursued a course that considered "nimble"
  • 1868: Delegate to National Democratic Convention.
  • 1869 - 1870 : Editor of the Richmond State Journal.
  • Ca. 1870: Wounded William E. Cameronin a duel.
  • 1872: Named federal district attorney by Grant administration.
  • 1872: Nominated for Congressbut did not win.
  • 1873: Nominated for Governor of Virginiabut did not win.
  • 1874: Named Judge of federal court for the Eastern District of Va.
  • 1898: Resigned judgeship.
  • 1901: Died at Abingdon, Va.

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From the guide to the Inventory of the Robert William Hughes Papers, 1818-1900, (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)

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referencedIn Weiss, Emanuel, fl. 1849-1868. Correspondence, 1849-1868. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Preston, Bowker. Papers of Bowker Preston [manuscript], 1773-1882. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Joseph Henry letters, 1836-1878, 1836-1878 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Preston, Bowker. Papers, 1773-1882. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf De Bow, J. D. B. (James Dunwoody Brownson), 1820-1867. Papers, 1779-1915. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Gayarré, Charles, 1805-1895. Charles E.A. Gayarré papers, 1781, 1830-1907 (bulk 1830-1895). Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Inventory of the Robert William Hughes Papers, 1818-1900 Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
referencedIn Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874. Correspondence, 1829-1874 Houghton Library
referencedIn Walter, Clinton E. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's earliest magazine verse : manuscript, 1851-1936 (bulk 1936) Princeton University Library
referencedIn LeBlanc, C. E. C.E. LeBlanc papers, 1864-1865. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
referencedIn Gibbes, Lewis Reeves, 1810-1894. Lewis Reeves Gibbes papers, 1793-1894 (bulk 1838-1894). Library of Congress
referencedIn Casey, Martha De Bow. Collection, 1791-1933. Tennessee State Library & Archives, TSLA
creatorOf Rosselle, William. Papers, 1862-1865. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Preston, Bowker. Papers, 1773-1882. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn King, Grace Elizabeth, 1852-1932. Grace Elizabeth King papers, 1781-1933 [microfilm manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn William Sharswood papers, 1865-1867, 1865-1867 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Gibbes, Lewis Reeves, 1810-1894. Papers, 1793-1894 (bulk 1838-1894) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
referencedIn Inventory of the Robert William Hughes Papers, 1818-1900 Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
creatorOf De Bow, J. D. B. (James Dunwoody Brownson), 1820-1867. J.D.B. De Bow letter, 1865 Dec. 30. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
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associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith Alfred Magill Randolph. person
associatedWith Arthur, Chester Alan, 1829-1886 person
associatedWith Bancroft, George, 1800-1891 person
associatedWith Benjamin F. Butler (Benjamin Franklin) person
associatedWith Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893 person
associatedWith Casey, Martha De Bow. person
associatedWith Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866 person
associatedWith College of Charleston corporateBody
associatedWith Confederate States of America. Produce Loan Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Crozet, Claudius, 1790-1864 person
associatedWith Daniel, John Moncure, 1825-1865 person
associatedWith Daniel, John W. (John Warwick), 1842-1910. person
associatedWith Ewell, Benjamin Stoddert, 1810-1894 person
associatedWith Fenner, Charles E. (Charles Erasmus), 1834-1911. person
associatedWith Fitzhugh, George, 1806-1881. person
associatedWith Gayarré, Charles, 1805-1895. person
correspondedWith Gibbes, Lewis Reeves, 1810-1894. person
associatedWith G. P. R. James (George Payne Rainsford) person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 person
associatedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Humboldt, Alexander von, 1769-1859. person
associatedWith Hunt, Freeman, 1804-1858. person
associatedWith James, G. P. R. (George Payne Rainsford), 1801? -1860 person
associatedWith J. B. H. (James Barron Hope) person
associatedWith J. B. H. (James Barron Hope), 1829-1887 person
associatedWith J. D. B. De Bow(James Dunwoody Brownson) person
associatedWith J. L. M. Curry(Jabez Lamar Monroe) person
associatedWith Joseph E. Johnston (Joseph Eggleston) person
associatedWith King, Grace Elizabeth, 1852-1932. person
associatedWith LeBlanc, C. E. person
associatedWith Lee, William Henry Fitzhugh, 1837-1891 person
associatedWith Longstreet, James, 1821-1904 person
associatedWith Marshall, John, 1755-1835 person
associatedWith Memminger, C. G. (Christopher Gustavus), 1803-1888. person
associatedWith Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916 person
associatedWith Preston, Bowker. person
associatedWith Robert William Hughes person
associatedWith Rosselle, William. person
associatedWith Ruffin, Edmund, 1794-1865. person
associatedWith Sharswood, William, 1836-1905 person
associatedWith Simms, William Gilmore, 1806-1870. person
associatedWith Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896. person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Trenholm, George Alfred, 1806-1876. person
associatedWith Ulysses S. Grant (Ulysses Simpson) person
associatedWith Walter, Clinton E. person
associatedWith Weiss, Emanuel, fl. 1849-1868. person
associatedWith White, Maunsel. person
associatedWith Wickham, John, 1763-1839 person
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Birth 1820-07-10

Death 1867-02-27

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