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Daniel Bedinger Lucas

Source: The South in the Building of the Nation, Volume XI. Richmond, Va.: The Southern Historical Publication Society, 1909. Volume XII, page 119

LUCAS, DANIEL BEDINGER, lawyer and author: b. Charlestown, Va. (now W. Va.), March 16, 1836; d. Charlestown, W. Va., July 24, 1909. His father, William Bedinger, was a member of Congress from Virginia. When the son was an infant his nurse let him fall, causing a permanent spinal injury. In 1856 he graduated at the University of Virginia, and in 1858 received his law diploma at Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and began practice in Charlestown. In 1860 he removed to Richmond. In the war he served on the staff of Gen. Henry A. Wise in the Kanawha Valley. In 1867 he resumed his practice in Charleston, and in 1869 married Lena T. Brooke, of Richmond. In 1872, 1876, 1884 and 1806 he was presidential elector on the Democratic ticket. From 1884-87 he was a member of the West Virginia legislature, when he was appointed by the governor to the United States senate. The legislature, however, elected Charles J. Faulkner. In 1888-93 he was president of the superior court of appeals of West Virginia. His poem, The Land Where We Were Dreaming (1865), attracted much attention in the South. Other works are: Memoir of John Yates Bell (1865); The Wreath of Eglantine, and Other Poems (1869); The Maid of Northumberland (1879); Ballads and Madrigals (1884); Nicaragua and the Filibusters.


The records for this work have been submitted by Valerie F. Crook, E-mail address: vfcrook @trellis.net, January, 1999.


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