John Hampden Pleasants (1797-1846)

Object Number: 
ca. 1835
Oil on canvas
Overall: 27 x 22 in. ( 68.6 x 55.9 cm )
Gallery Label: 
The subject's father, James Pleasants, was governor of Virginia (1822-26), a U.S. senator (1819-22), and a cousin of Thomas Jefferson. As a young man John Hampden Pleasants practiced law briefly before turning to journalism. By 1823 he was editor of the Lynchburg "Virginian," and the next year he moved to Richmond where he founded the "Whig," which he edited for over twenty years.
Credit Line: 
Gift of A. S. Buford, T. William Pemberton, and Thomas Potts
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Creative: Tronvig Group