A Guide to the John Howe Peyton Letter, 1821 Peyton, John Howe, Letter Ms1977-001

John Howe Peyton Letter, 1821

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Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1977-001


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1977-001
Title
John Howe Peyton Letter, 1821
Physical Characteristics
0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder
Creator
Peyton, John Howe, 1778-1847
Language
English
Abstract
The collecton consists of a letter from Peyton in Staunton to his first wife's mother, Elizabeth Preston Madison (1762-1837) at Fotheringay, Montgomery County, Virginia.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from John Howe Peyton Letter must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: John Howe Peyton Letter, Ms1977-001, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The John Howe Peyton Letter was acquired by Special Collection prior to 1977.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the John Howe Peyton Letter was completed prior to 2010. Additional description was completed in November 2010.


Biographical note

John Howe Peyton was born in Stony Hill, Stafford County, Virginian on April 3, 1778. He attended the College of New Jersey at Princeton, graduated in 1797. He passed the bar and became a lawyer in 1799, focusing on criminal law. He worked as deputy US Attorney for the western district of Virginia. He turned down several nominations, one to congress in 1820 and a judgeship in 1824. He later became a state senator (1839-45), and founder of the Virginia Female Institute at Staunton. In 1840, he was appointed a visitor to the United States military academy, and he wrote the report of that year. For ten years he was president of the board of directors of the Western Virginia lunatic asylum. He was a member of the Whig party. He died in 1847.

He married Susanna Smith Madison (1780-1820) in 1802, and after her death married Ann Elizabeth Lewis (1802-1850).

He had a son, John Lewis, born in Staunton, Virginia, 15 September, 1824, was graduated at the law department of the University of Virginia in 1845. born in Staunton, Virginia, 15 September, 1824, was graduated at the law department of the University of Virginia in 1845.

Scope and Content

The collecton consists of a letter from Peyton in Staunton to his first wife's mother, Elizabeth Preston Madison (1762-1837) at Fotheringay, Montgomery County, Virginia, and contains information about the family and personal concerns.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Folder 1
Letter, March 25, 1821.