William Henry Fitzhugh

Submitted by Alice Warner

Author: James Grant Wilson and John Fiske

FITZHUGH, William Henry, philanthropist, b. in Chatham, Stafford co., Va., 8
March 1792; d. in Cambridge, Md., 21 May 1830. He was a son of William F.
Fitzhugh, a patriot of the Revolution, was graduated at Princeton in 1808, and
settled on the patrimonial domain of "Ravensworth," Fairfax co., Va. He was
elected vice-president of the American colonization society, and took an active
interest in it, supporting it both with voice and pen. In 1826 he published a
series of essays in behalf of the cause, over the signature of "Opimius" in the
columns of the Richmond "Inquirer." He was also the author of an address
delivered on the ninth anniversary of the association, and of a review of
"Tazewell's Report" in the "African Repository" (August and November, 1828). In
one of his essays he expresses the opinion that "the labor of the slave is a
curse on the land on which it is expended," which seems like truism now, but was
bold doctrine then.

Additional Comments:

Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography
Vol II Crane-Grimshaw

Edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske

See also Ravensworth Cemetery

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