Daniel, John M. (John Moncure), 1825-1865

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Journalist and diplomat.

From the description of Editorial of John M. Daniel, 1861. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449371

From the description of John Moncure Daniel papers [manuscript] 1853-1920. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647952076

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.

Dictionary of American Biography

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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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Cowart, Robert E. Robert E. Cowart papers, 1904. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Inventory of the Robert William Hughes Papers, 1818-1900 Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary
creatorOf Maupin, S. (Socrates), 1808-1871. Papers of Socrates Maupin [manuscript] 1853-1870. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Daniel, John M. (John Moncure), 1825-1865. John Moncure Daniel papers [manuscript] 1853-1920. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hughes, Robert W. (Robert William), 1821-1901. Papers, 1818-1900. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Washington, H. A. (Henry Augustine), 1820-1858. Henry A. Washington Papers, 1835-1859. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Daniel family. Daniel family papers, 1805-1904, (bulk 1821-1889). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
creatorOf Daniel, John M. (John Moncure), 1825-1865. Editorial of John M. Daniel, 1861. Library of Congress
referencedIn Leavell, William Thomas, 1812-1899. Papers, 1831-1932. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Wynne, Thomas Hicks, 1820-1875. Papers, 1848-1901, [microform]. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Foresti, Eleutario Felice, 1789-1858. Papers, 1841-1858. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Wynne, Thos. H. (Thomas Hicks), 1820-1875. Brock Collection: Papers of Thomas Hicks Wynne, 1848-1901. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
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 Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866 person
associatedWith Cowart, Robert E. person
associatedWith Crozet, Claudius, 1790-1864 person
associatedWith Daniel family. family
associatedWith Ewell, Benjamin Stoddert, 1810-1894 person
associatedWith Foresti, Eleutario Felice, 1789-1858. person
associatedWith G. P. R. James (George Payne Rainsford) person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses S. (Ulysses Simpson), 1822-1885 person
associatedWith Hughes, Robert W. (Robert William), 1821-1901. 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 Leavell, William Thomas, 1812-1899. person
associatedWith Lee, William Henry Fitzhugh, 1837-1891 person
associatedWith Lloyd, William person
associatedWith Longstreet, James, 1821-1904 person
associatedWith Marshall, John, 1755-1835 person
associatedWith Maupin, S. (Socrates), 1808-1871. person
associatedWith Moncure, Charles H., fl. 1897-1920. person
associatedWith Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916 person
associatedWith Robert William Hughes person
associatedWith Spooner, Shearjashub, 1809-1859 person
associatedWith Ulysses S. Grant (Ulysses Simpson) person
associatedWith Washington, H. A. (Henry Augustine), 1820-1858. person
associatedWith Wickham, John, 1763-1839 person
associatedWith Wynne, Thomas Hicks, 1820-1875. person
correspondedWith Wynne, Thos. H. (Thomas Hicks), 1820-1875. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Richmond (Va.)
Virginia--Richmond
Virginia--Orange County
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Trials (Libel)
United States
United States
Canals
Harbors
Horses
Newspapers
Physicians
Railroads
Republican Party (U.S. : 1854-)
Occupation
Diplomats
Journalists
Lawyers
Practice of law
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Birth 1825

Death 1865

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