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Wytheville in Wythe County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Robert Enoch Withers

Robert Enoch Withers Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
1. Robert Enoch Withers Marker
Inscription. Robert Enoch Withers was born in Campbell County on 18 Sept. 1821. After graduation from the medical department at the University of Virginia in 1841, he practiced medicine in Campbell County and Danville until 1861. During the Civil War Withers achieved the rank of colonel in the Confederate army. He served as the lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1874 to 1875 and in the United States Senate from 1875 to 1881. Withers was the U. S. Consul at Hong Kong from 1885 to 1889 and he died nearby at his home, Ingleside, on 21 Sept. 1907.
Erected 2002 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number K-37.)
Location. 36° 57.081′ N, 81° 4.197′ W. Marker is in Wytheville, Virginia, in Wythe County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 11) and Withers Road and Cassell Road, on the left on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Wytheville VA 24382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wytheville Training School (approx. half a mile away); Walter Crockett (approx. 0.6 miles away); Edith Bolling Wilson (approx. 0.7 miles away); Wytheville
Robert Enoch Withers Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, May 28, 2011
2. Robert Enoch Withers Marker
(approx. ĺ mile away); Boone Trail Highway Memorial (approx. ĺ mile away); St. Johnís Lutheran Church (approx. 1.9 miles away); Battle of Wytheville (approx. 1.9 miles away); Wythe County Poorhouse Farm (approx. 3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Wytheville.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker erected by 1929 with the same number but titled “Ingleside” which read, “Home of Colonel R. E. Withers, Confederate officer, Lieutenant-Governor of Virginia, United States Senator and Consul at Hong Kong.”
Regarding Robert Enoch Withers. Lynchburg adjoins Campbell County, where Senator Withers was born.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Learn more about the Readjuster Party (see Wikipedia excerpt below) at these marker pages.
Also see . . .  Robert E. Withers. Wikipedia entry. “Following the Civil War, Withers moved back to Lynchburg in 1866 and established the Lynchburg News, a daily paper devoted to the interests of
Senator Robert Enoch Withers of Va. image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress Collection
3. Senator Robert Enoch Withers of Va.
Photograph by Matthew Brady and/or Levin Corbin Handy dated between 1860 and 1875.
the Conservative Party. He was nominated for governor of Virginia by that party, but withdrew from the race. He was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1872. He was elected lieutenant governor in 1873. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1875, to March 4, 1881. He served as the chairman of the Committee on Pensions in the Forty-sixth Congress. Withers was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1881, losing to former Civil War general William Mahone of the Readjuster Party.” (Submitted on July 23, 2011.) 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 391 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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