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 Thomas Walker explored and named Cumberland Gap (Civil War cannons pictured in today's Cumberland Gap National Historical Park on Kentucky-Virginia border), 1750.
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1825: Ann Hull Herndon, 14, marries Matthew Fontaine Maury, 19, in Fredericksburg, where the couple will reside. The bride is the daughter of Dabney and Elizabeth Hull Herndon of Fredericksburg, where she was born in August 1811. Maury is the son of Richard and Diana Minor Maury of Spotsylvania County, where he was born in 1806. Maury is a naval officer and oceanographer who would later earn the nickname, "Pathfinder of the Sea."

1867: Maggie Lena Walker is born in Richmond to Elizabeth Draper, an unmarried kitchen slave who worked in the home of Union sympathizer Elizabeth Van Lew during the Civil War. An African-American, Walker was a prominent businesswoman who went on to establish the St. Luke Penny Bank in Richmond in 1903. She went on to become the nation's first woman bank president. She married a building contractor, Armstead Walker, in 1896.


1857: Mary Anna Morrison, 26, marries Thomas Jonathan Jackson, 33. The bride's father is Robert Hall Morrison, a Presbyterian minister and retired president of Davidson College in North Carolina. The groom, a Virginia native, is an instructor at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington. This is Jackson's second marriage. His first wife, the former Elinor Junkin, died during childbirth in 1854.

1890: Thomas Bahnson Stanley is born near Spencer in Henry County. Stanley was a Virginia congressman from 1946 to 1953 and governor from 1954 to 1958. He founded Stanley Furniture Co. in 1924 in Stanleytown.


1863: In Southwest Virginia during the Civil War, Molly Tynes, 26, rides alone on horseback across the mountains from her home in Tazewell County to Wythe County to warn of an attack by Union troops commanded by Col. J.T. Toland. Tynes was thereafter known as the "Paul Revere in Petticoats" and the "Heroine of the Battle of Wytheville."


1873: Thomas Pogue is born in Gate City in Scott County. Pogue was a motion-picture actor who appeared in 28 films between 1935 and his death in March 1941. His last appearance was as an uncredited extra in the 1941 film "Citizen Kane" just before he died in Hollywood.

1887: Former U.S. Sen. Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter dies near Lloyds in Essex County. He was 76. Hunter, an Essex County native, practiced law at Lloyds. He also served as a congressman and briefly as speaker of the U.S. House. He withdrew from his U.S. Senate seat in March 1861, prior to the outbreak of the Civil War. He is buried in Essex.

Michael P. Gleason is a journalist, writer and historian. He and his wife reside on Gwynn's Island in Mathews County, He can be reached at
Email: michaelpgleason.history@gmail.com.

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