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Edward Fontaine Collection

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS227

Scope and Contents

Collection contains correspondence from 1835 to 1979, diaries from 1836 to 1884 and two volumes on zoology.


  • 1835 - 1979

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Biographical / Historical

Edward Fontaine was born in Greenwood, Virginia, on August 5, 1814, the son of Patrick and Nancy Fontaine was the great-grandson of Founding Father Patrick Henry. He attended the United States Military Academy, West Point, but was discharged in July 1832 because of his inability to do basic math. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar Association on February 28, 1835. He worked as a draftsman for the federal government, documenting Native American lands, as personal secretary for the Mirebeau Lamar, second President of the Republic of Texas, and after being ordaned a minister in the Episcopal Church, the chaplain of the Texas State Senate from 1857-1858 and served as a military chaplain during the American Civil War. He was active as a minister, politician, amateur naturalist and a strong advocate for the arts and sciences, believing the country needed more universities, geological surveys, science labs and historical societies. He was married twice and fathered several children. He died in Belvidere, Mississippi, on January 19, 1884.


2 Linear Feet (Five regular sized legal boxes, two half sized legal boxes, one carton, one 12x8 flat box.)

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Separated Materials

Oversize items located in map drawer F2.

Edward Fontaine Collection
Kris Kallies
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Special Collections Repository

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