WALLET IDENTIFIED TO SAMUEL HOUSTON LETCHER, VMI GRADUATE, NEW MARKET & CONFEDERATE VETERAN, CIRCUIT JUDGE, STATE SENATOR & SON OF VIRGINIA’S CIVIL WAR GOVERNOR

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Wallet is made of brown leather and is of the usual tri-folding type with two bill sized interior pockets and leather flaps for holding paper or stamps etc… The wallet is held closed by a leather retaining strap that passes through two separate keepers.

Written in period ink on the front of the wallet is “S. H. LETCHER, LEXINGTON, BATH COUNTY VIRGINIA.” The underside of the flap also bears a period ink inscription of “S. H. LETCHER LEXINGTON, VA.” In larger letters is a crossed out name of “CURRY” and again in large letters “LEXINGTON, VA.”

Wallet is in excellent supple condition and is wonderfully identified.

Samuel Houston Letcher was the oldest son of Virginia’s wartime Governor John Letcher. Samuel was born in Lexington, Virginia on January 4, 1848.

He entered the classical school that was conducted in Richmond by Professor Frank H. Alfriend but finding school dull, young Letcher convinced a friend to stow away with him on a boat headed for South America. After being discovered he and his friend were assigned duty as regular sailors. After working for a while Letcher and his friend went to the American Consul where they learned of the outbreak of the Civil War. Stowing away again, this time on an American ship, Letcher reached Washington, D.C. and after being detained by Union troops for a short time, he snuck across the lines back to Virginia.

Samuel joined the Confederate army but his father soon found out and had hm enroll in VMI where he served as a private in Company D of the Cadet Battalion and served with them at New Market.

When VMI was burned by General Hunter Samuel joined Jubal Early’s command where he served under General Preston in front of Richmond.

After the war he returned to VMI and graduated in 1869 as Valedictorian. He then studied law in 1870 and went into business with Letcher, Maury & Letcher and after that firm dissolved, he formed a law firm with his father until his death.

In 1895 Samuel was elected to the Senate of Virginia. He was appointed judge of the 18th Circuit. Samuel Letcher died in Lexington on September 5, 1914 and is buried there in Oak Grove Cemetery.

The above information is from a biography of Samuel Letcher written for the Virginia Law Register by Charles Curry. It will be remembered that the wallet described above has the name CURRY in it but crossed out. Perhaps he was a previous owner of the wallet.

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