This collection contains three certificates of achievement presented to Stubbs while a student at the College of William and Mary. Dated July 4, 1859, they were received for achievement in French and Latin (both signed by Edwin Taliaferro, Professor of Latin and Romance Languages) and Rhetoric and Moral Philosophy (signed by Silas Totten, Professor of Moral Philosophy). In addition, there are four copies of a program from the University of Virginia's Washington Literary Society's "Final Celebration," dated June 1, 1866. Stubbs served on the Committee of Arrangements.
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James New Stubbs (1839-1919) was born at Gloucester Court House. He was educated at the College of William and Mary 1858-1860 and served the Confederacy during the American Civil War. He practiced law in Gloucester from 1866 until his death in 1919, serving as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate (1869-1919) and a member of the Board of Visitors at the College of William and Mary (1888-1919).