This collection consists of the papers of Henry A. Washington, professor of history and political economy at the College of William and Mary. Dates include 1835-1859. The collection Includes correspondence, poetical compositions, diaries kept while practicing law in Richmond, Va., writings and addresses, legal and financial papers, and the manuscript of his edition of the Writings of Thomas Jefferson as well as supporting documentation for that project. Prominent correspondents include John Moncure Daniel, William and Mary faculty/staff (Benjamin S. Ewell, Tazewell Taylor, Morgan J. Smead, Silas Totten), John Johns, and family members.
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Henry Augustine Washington was born at Haywood, Virginia on 24 August 1820, the son of Lawrence Washington and Sarah Tayloe Washington. He attended Georgetown College and the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Studied law under John Tayloe Lomax. He moved to Richmond to practice law in 1842, but in 1847 returned to the Northern Neck of Virginia.
He was appointed professor of history and political economy at the College of William and Mary. He married Cynthia Beverley Tucker, daughter of Williamsburg mayor and judge, Nathaniel Beverley Tucker. Washington edited the Writings of Thomas Jefferson (Washington, 1853-54) and completed Thomas R. Dew's A Digest of the Laws, Customs, Manners and Institutions of the Ancient and Modern Nations (1853). He suffered ill-health for years and died 28 February 1858.
Diaries printed in Carol H. Sturzenberger, "The Diaries of Henry A. Washington" (M. A. Thesis, College of William and Mary, 1979). See also Tucker-Coleman Papers (Mss. 40 T79), Cynthia BeverleyTucker Washington Coleman Papers (MS 00007), and Washington Family Papers (Acc. 2014.244), Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
The collection description/finding aid is written in English
May 12th, 2017: Box and Folder list compiled by Patricia Sanabria in November of 2011. Fully processed and re-housed by Kimberly Sims in December 2015. The folder list from 2011 is available in the collection control file. Please contact Special Collections staff for assistance.