Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826

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Virginia lawyer and educator.

From the description of Notebook and journal, 1815-1822. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 19647035

Francis Walker Gilmer was born 9 October 1790 at "Pen Park" in Albemarle County, Virginia, to George Gilmer (1742-1795) and Lucy Walker Gilmer (1751-1800). He received some of his education at Monticello from Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) and at a school run by James Ogilvie (1760-1820). Gilmer attended the College of William and Mary in 1809-1810, then studied law under William Wirt (1772-1834) in Richmond, Virginia. Upon the completion of his legal studies, he travelled extensively along the eastern seaboard with the Abbe Joseph Francisco Correa de Serra (1750-1823) before beginning the practice of law in Winchester, Virginia, in 1816. A year later, Gilmer returned to Richmond to continue practicing law. In 1824, he was chosen by Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) to travel to Europe to hire professors for the newly established University of Virginia. Gilmer himself was appointed professor of law, but he died before he could assume his position on 25 February 1826 at "Farmington" in Albemarle County.

From the guide to the Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1818-1824, (Library of Virginia)

From the guide to the Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1812-1825, (Library of Virginia)

From the guide to the Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1818-1827, (Library of Virginia)

From the guide to the Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1816-1821, (Library of Virginia)

Born at Penn Park, Albemarle County, Virginia, on October 9, 1790. Graduate of the College of William and Mary (1810), studied law with William Wirt (1811-1814), practice law in Winchester, Virginia (1815-1817), appointed professor of law at the University of Virginia. Died before assuming office on February 25, 1826.

From the description of Letters : to William Wirt, 1812-1825. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122481917

Born at Penn Park, Albemarle County, Virginia, on October 9, 1790. Graduate of the College of William and Mary (1810), studied law with William Wirt (1811-1814), practiced law in Winchester, Virginia (1815-1817), appointed professor at the University of Virginia. Died before assuming office on February 25, 1826.

From the description of Letters : to John Randolph, 1818-1827. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122395559

Born at Penn Park, Albemarle county, Virginia, on October 9, 1790. Graduate of the College of William and Mary (1810), studied law with William Wirt (1811-1814), practiced law in Winchester, Virginia (1815-1817), appointed professor of law at the University of Virginia. Died before assuming officie on February 25, 1826.

From the description of Letters : to Dabney Carr, 1818-1824. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122609366

Virginia lawyer, author and educator.

From the description of Correspondence of Francis Walker Gilmer [manuscript], 1784-1826. (University of Virginia). WorldCat record id: 647894979

Francis Walker Gilmer (1790-1826) was a lawyer, author, and educational diplomatist. See also DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN BIOGRAPHY 7:306.

George Gilmer (1758-1825), a physician, was the brother of Francis Walker Gilmer and father of Thomas Walker Gilmer.

Thomas Walker Gilmer (1802-1844), nephew of Francis Walker Gilmer and son of Dr. George Gilmer, was Governor of Virginia (1840-41), member of Congress (1841-43), and Secretary of the U.S. Navy (1844). He was killed by an explosion on board the U.S. man-of-war PRINCETON.

From the description of Letters : Winchester and Richmond, Virginia, to George and Thomas Walker Gilmer, 1816-1821. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122538939

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referencedIn Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington), 1778-1856. Letters of Joseph C. Cabell [manuscript], 1825. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Complaint of Hugh Holmes in case against Henry Baylis involving a debt [manuscript] / drafted by Gilmer as plaintiff's attorney. 1815. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Ambler family. Papers of the Ambler and Barbour families [manuscript], 1772-1880. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Cabell, J. L. (James Lawrence), 1813-1889. Correspondence of James Lawrence Cabell [manuscript] 1829-37. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Papers of the Gilmer family [manuscript], 1781, 1820-1821, 1861-1865. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Clay, Henry, 1777-1852. Papers of the Morris family [manuscript], 1704-1931 bulk 1776-1865. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letters to Dr. Charles Everette, Charlottesville, regarding man's situation and the Fourth of July [manuscript] 809 June 9 & 1810 April 15. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Lee, Charles Carter, 1798-1871. Papers of Charles Carter Lee and the Lee family [manuscript], 1768-1931 (bulk 1780-1871). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter [to Francis Walker Gilmer] [manuscript] 1825 October 23. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866. Autograph letter signed : New York, to F.W. Gilmer, 1823 Feb. 8. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Notebook of essays on various legal subjects [manuscript] 1810-16. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Bohn, Henry G. (Henry George), 1796-1884. Gilmer Family correspondence [manuscript] 1809-1838. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1818-1824 Library of Virginia
creatorOf Carr, Frank, 1784-1854,. Gilmer family papers [manuscript], 1811-1993. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Tazewell family. Papers, 1756-1931. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1812-1825 Library of Virginia
creatorOf Parr, Samuel, 1747-1825. Catalogue of books for the University of Virginia [manuscript], 1824. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Candolle, Augustin Pyramus de, 1778-1841. Autograph letter signed : Geneva, to Francis Walker Gilmer in Virginia, 1819 Oct. 23. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn University of Virginia. Board of Visitors. Extract from the journals of the Board of Visitors h[manuscript], 1824 April 7, 26. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter to James Breckinridge [manuscript], 1824 December 22. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter, 1815 September 22, Poplar Forest, [Beford County, Virginia] to [John] Rhea, Member of Congress, n.p. William & Mary Libraries
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letters : to John Randolph, 1818-1827. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Card files of several manuscripts collections [ca. 1940-1959]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1818-1827 Library of Virginia
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creatorOf Gilmer, Peachy R. (Peachy Ridgway), 1779-1836. Papers : of Peachy R. Gilmer, 1790-1889. Virginia Historical Society Library
creatorOf Bryan, John Randolph, 1806-1887,. Papers of the Bryant, Coalter, Randolph, and Tucker families [manuscript] 1770-1887. University of Virginia. Library
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creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letters of Thomas Jefferson and Edgar Allan Poe [manuscript], 1824, 1836. University of Virginia. Library
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referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter to James Breckinridge, 1824 December 22. University of Virginia. Library
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referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Circular letters to the Board of Visitors [manuscript], 1825 May 13. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Papers of the Watson family of Louisa County, Virginia [manuscript] ca. 1800-1925. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. [Journal and notebook of Francis Walker Gilmer]. University of Tennessee, John C. Hodges Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. ALS : Winchester, Va., to Thomas Jefferson, 1817 Aug. 18 [photocopy]. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker,. Letters : to Dabney Carr, 1818-1824. Library of Virginia
creatorOf McCabe, W. Gordon (William Gordon), 1841-1920. Papers of W. Gordon McCabe [manuscript], 1757-1920. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, William Wirt, 1804-1879. Notes on the war of 1861-65 [manuscript], n.d. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Legal documents of Francis Walker Gilmer [manuscript] 1817. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bell, James. Miscellaneous papers [manuscript], 1818-1945. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Nicholas, Wilson Cary, 1761-1820. Papers of Wilson Cary Nicholas including material on William and Mary College [manuscript] 1751-1850. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letter to John Randolph of Roanoke [manuscript], 1835 June 23. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Wirt, William, 1772-1834. William Wirt papers, 1786-1850 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter to the Treasurer of Virginia [manuscript], 1825 April 23. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Taylor, Creed, 1766-1836. Papers of Creed Taylor [manuscript], 1791-1873. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Francis Walker Gilmer Letters, 1816-1821 Library of Virginia
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letters to James Breckinridge, 1825. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Nelson, Hugh, 1768-1836. Letters of Hugh Nelson, 1808-1833. Library of Congress
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. ALS : Winchester, Va., to Thomas Jefferson, 1816 Nov. 27 [photocopy]. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Notebook and journal, 1815-1822. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
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referencedIn John Vaughan papers, 1768 - Circa 1936, 1768 - Circa 1936 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Notebook [manuscript] 1815. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Malone, Dumas, 1892-1986. Speech, at the dedication of Gilmer Hall, U. Va., on Francis Walker Gilmer [manuscript] 1963 Nov. 16. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn José Francisco Correia da Serra papers, 1772-1827, 1772-1827 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letters : Winchester and Richmond, Virginia, to George and Thomas Walker Gilmer, 1816-1821. Library of Virginia
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Correspondence of Francis Walker Gilmer [manuscript], 1784-1826. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Breckinridge, James, 1763-1833. Papers of James Breckinridge, of Grove Hill, Fincastle, Botetourt Co., Va. [manuscript], 1783-1830. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. List of books to be purchased in London for the University of Virginia [manuscript], 1824. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Gilmer, Francis Walker, 1790-1826. Letters : to William Wirt, 1812-1825. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Randolph, Thomas M. (Thomas Mann), 1768-1828. Letters : to the Gilmer family, 1804-1818. Library of Virginia
referencedIn Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuel, 1739-1817. Papers, 1757-1836. Hagley Museum & Library
creatorOf Randolph, John, 1773-1833. Letter to F.W. Gilmer [manuscript], 1817 March 15. University of Virginia. Library
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