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Olinger in Lee County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Members of Congress

Members of Congress Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
1. Members of Congress Marker
Inscription.  Three men who served in Congress were born within a one-mile radius of this point James B. Richmond (1842–1910) was a member of the House of Representatives from 1879 to 1881 as a Democrat. Campbell Slemp (1839–1907), a Republican, was elected to the House of Representatives in 1902 and serve until his death on 13 Oct. 1907. His son Campbell Bascom Slemp (1870–1943). replaced him in the House in 1907 and was reelected to seven consecutive terms until he retired in 1922. The next year, he was appointed President Calvin Coolidge’s secretary and served until 1925.
Erected 2000 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number X-26.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #30 Calvin Coolidge, and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources (DHR) series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1879.
Location. 36° 48.186′ N, 82° 50.918′ W. Marker is in Olinger, Virginia, in Lee County. Marker
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is at the intersection of Seminary Church Loop (Old U.S. 58) and Cave Springs Road (County Route 622), on the left when traveling north on Seminary Church Loop. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Stone Gap VA 24219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Turkey Cove (approx. one mile away); Seminary United Methodist Church (approx. one mile away); Lee County / Scott County (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lee County / Wise County (approx. 3.4 miles away); Donelson’s Indian Line (approx. 3½ miles away); Southwest Virginia Museum (approx. 5.7 miles away); Christ Episcopal Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); Carl Martin (approx. 5.9 miles away).
More about this marker. This marker replaced another marker with the same number and title that was erected between 1937 and 1941. That marker read, “Within one mile of this point three men were born who afterwards became members of Congress: James B. Richmond, 46th Congress, March 4, 1879 – March 4, 1881. Campbell Slemp, 58th, 59th and 60th Congresses, March 4, 1903 – October 13, 1907; Campbell Bascom Slemp, 61st–67th Congresses, October 13, 1907 – March 3, 1923. Also: Jonathan Richmond (1805–1871), Brigadier General Virginia Militia.”
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia Entry for James Buchanan Richmond
Members of Congress Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, June 10, 2017
2. Members of Congress Marker
Cave Springs Road, the road to Olinger, is behind the photographer. Ahead is Sourwood Road (Route 728).
. “In 1878, advocating sound money, Richmond defeated Congressman Pridemore in the primary, and was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives. He served a single term, from 1879 to 1881.” (Submitted on July 1, 2017.) 

2. Wikipedia Entry for Campbell Slemp. “Campbell Slemp (1839–1907) was a farmer and Confederate officer in southwest Virginia who became a Readjuster Democrat after Congressional Reconstruction and served in the Virginia House of Delegates. He eventually joined Republican Party and won election to the United States House of Representatives from Virginia's 9th congressional district and controlled federal patronage in the Commonwealth from 1903 to 1907. Slemp died unexpectedly at home while in office, after which his son C. Bascom Slemp succeeded to the seat for more than a decade, until ousted during the rise of the Byrd Organization.” (Submitted on July 1, 2017.) 

3. Wikipedia Entry for C. Bascom Slemp. “Campbell Bascom Slemp (1870–1943) was an American Republican politician. He was a six-time United States congressman from Virginia’s 9th congressional district from 1907 to 1923 and served as the presidential secretary to President Calvin Coolidge. As a philanthropist, Slemp set up the Slemp Foundation, which provides gifts
Virginia politician James Richmond image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress via Wikipedia Commons, circa 1870
3. Virginia politician James Richmond
and scholarships to schools and colleges in Southwestern Virginia.” (Submitted on July 1, 2017.) 
Portrait of Campbell Slemp image. Click for full size.
Engraving in History of Southwest Virginia. via Wikipedia Commons, circa 1903
4. Portrait of Campbell Slemp
C. Bascom Slemp, American politician and philanthropist image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress via Wikipedia Commons, February 13, 1924
5. C. Bascom Slemp, American politician and philanthropist
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 321 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 1, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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