C.S. Executive Branch C.S. Legislative Branch -Hunter, Robert Mercer Taliaferro Sr. - C.S. Secretary of State / Senator, VA

Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter Sr.:
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Born: April 21, 1809
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Birthplace: Mount Pleasant Plantation Loretto Virginia
Father: James Hunter 1774 – 1826
Mother:
Maria Garnett 1777 – 1811
Wife: Mary Evelina Dandridge 1817 – 1893
(Buried: Garnett Family Burial Ground at Elmwood Loretto Virginia)

Children:

Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter Jr. 1839 – 1861
(Buried: Garnett Family Burial Ground at Elmwood Loretto Virginia)
Martha Taliaferro Hunter 1841 – 1909
(Buried: Garnett Family Burial Ground at Elmwood Loretto Virginia)
James Dandridge Hunter 1844 – 1892
Sarah Stephena Hunter 1846 – 1865
Philip Stephen Hunter 1848 – 1919
(Buried: Garnett Family Burial Ground at Elmwood Loretto Virginia)
Muscoe Russell Garnett Hunter 1850 – 1865
Annie Buchanan Hunter 1852 – 1853
Mary Evelina Hunter 1854 – 1881


Political Party:
Before – 1844: Member of Whig Party
1844 – 1887: Member of Democratic Party

Education:

1828: Graduated from University of Virginia

Occupation before War:
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1830 – 1837: Attorney in Lloyds Virginia
1834 – 1837: Member of Virginia House of Delegates
1837 – 1843: United States Congressman from Virginia
1837 – 1839: Member of House Manufactures Committee
1839 – 1841: Speaker of United States House of Representatives
1841 – 1843: Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee
1841 – 1843: Member of House District of Columbia Committee
1842: Unsuccessful Candidate for reelection to U.S. Congress.
1842 – 1845: Attorney in Lloyds Virginia
1845: Became a States Rights Democrat and follower of John C. Calhoun
1845 – 1847: United States Congressman from Virginia
1845 – 1847: Chairman of House District of Columbia Committee
1845 – 1847: Member of House Territories Committee
1846: Supporter of the Tariff of 1846.
1847 – 1861: United States Senator from Virginia
1847 – 1851: Chairman of Senate Public Buildings Committee
1847 – 1849: Member of Senate Finance Committee
1849 – 1861: Chairman of Senate Finance Committee
1849 – 1851: Member of Senate Foreign Affairs Committee
Favored Expending the Missouri Compromise Line to the Pacific Ocean
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1851 – 1857: Member of Senate Public Buildings Committee
1852: Delivered a speech supporting States Rights in Richmond.
1857 – 1859: Member of Senate Library Committee
1857 – 1858: Advocated for Entering Kansas as a Slave State.
1859 – 1861: Ranking Member of Senate Territories Committee
1860: Delivered a speech in favor of slavery and the territories.
1860: Ran 2nd​ for the Democratic Party Nomination.
1861: Withdrew from United States Senate on March 28th​.

Civil War Career:
His Face was on the Confederate $10.00 Bank note.
1861: Expelled from United States Senate on July 11th​.
1861 – 1862: Virginia Delegate to Confederate Provisional Congress.
1861 – 1862: Confederate States Secretary of State
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Senator from Virginia
1862 – 1865: President Pro Tempore of Confederate States Senate.
1862 – 1865: Member of Senate Finance Committee
1863: Member of Senate Foreign Affairs Committee
Known as a Strong friend of Davis Administration.
Urged Strong Enforcement of Tax Program but opposed higher taxes.
Approved drafting old men and youths
Favored liberal exemptions with the draft.
Advocate for stringent inflation control
Supporter of emasculating funding of Treasury notes.
Sanctioned the suspension of the Writ of habeas corpus but denied the President’s unlimited right to execute it.
Sanctioned Vigorous Impressment laws and opposed arming slaves.
1865: Delegate to the Meeting at Hampton Roads Virginia
1865: Prisoner of War for a few months at Fort Pulaski Georgia.
1865: During Hunter’s time in Prison Union General Ben Butler destroyed Hunter’s Plantation.

Occupation after War:
1867: Pardoned by President Andrew Johnson.
1874: Unsuccessful Candidate for United States Senator
1874 – 1880: Virginia State Treasurer
1880 – 1885: Farmer at Fonthill Plantation near Lloyds Virginia
Author of Origin of the Late War
1885 – 1887: U.S. Customs Collector Port of Tappahannock Virginia


Died:
July 18, 1887
Place of Death: Fonthill Plantation near Lloyds Virginia
Age at time of Death: 78 years old
Burial Place: Garnett Family Burial Ground at Elmwood Loretto Virginia
 

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