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William and Mary gave him the degree of LL.

Admiral of the Amazon: John Randolph Tucker, His Confederate Colleagues and Peru

George's second son, Nathaniel Beverley, b. He was graduated at William and Mary in , studied law, and practised in Virginia until , when he moved to Missouri, where he was a judge in the circuit court till Returning to Virginia, he was elected in professor of law in William and Mary, which post he filled with signal ability till his death.

As a writer he excelled any of his Virginia contemporaries. This was printed secretly, bearing the fictitious date , and purported to be a historical novel of the events between and that year. In its accurate delineation of events between and it seems almost prophetic. He left an unfinished life of his half-brother, John Randolph of Roanoke. George's son, Nathaniel Beverley, journalist, b. He was sent by the Confederate government in to England and France, and in '4 to Canada, to obtain commissary supplies. He went to Mexico after the civil war closed, was there till Maximilian's reign came to an end, then returned to the United States, and has since resided in Washington, D.

He was admitted to the bar in , and began the practice of his profession in Winchester. He was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in and , was elected attorney-general of Virginia in May, , to fill an unexpired term, and was re-elected in and in He was dispossessed of this office by the results of the war.

He was elected professor of equity and public law in Washington and Lee university, Lexington, in , and continued in this office until he was elected in to congress, of which he was a member till He was for a short time chairman of the ways and means committee, and was a member of that committee for eight years. He was chairman of the judiciary committee in the 48th and 49th congresses.


Tucker is an orator of much power, and has taken an active part in the debates on the tariff, in opposition to the protective policy. His speeches on other questions include those on the electoral commission bill, the constitutional doctrine as to the presidential count, the Hawaiian treaty in , the use of the army at the polls, in , and Chinese emigration, in He delivered an address before the Social science association in , and one in before the law-school of Yale, which in that year gave him the degree of LL.

George , was a lawyer by profession, and was clerk of the Virginia legislature. He joined the Confederate army, held a lieutenant-colonel's commission, and died from exposure in the seven days' battles around Richmond. He received his early education in his native city, and on 1 June, , entered the U. He became lieutenant, 20 Dec. During the latter part of the war Tucker succeeded to the command of the vessel.

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On 14 Sept. His next post was that of ordnance-officer of the Norfolk navy-yard. He resigned his commission on 18 April, , after the passage by Virginia of a secession ordinance, and on 21 April was appointed a commander in the Virginia navy. On 22 April he was directed by Gov. Soon after the repulse of the National squadron at Drewry's Bluff, in which his vessel took part, Tucker was promoted on 13 May, , to the rank of captain, and ordered to Charleston, S.

When Charleston was evacuated in February, , Capt. Tucker returned to Drewry's Bluff, organized the naval brigade, and commanded it there until Richmond was evacuated, when he reported to Gen. Robert E. Lee, and was attached to Custis Lee's division of Gen.

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Swell's corps, which formed the rear-guard of the Confederate army on the retreat from Richmond. In Capt. Tucker was appointed to the command of the Peruvian navy with the rank of rear-admiral.

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During the war between Peru, Chili, and Spain he commanded the combined fleets of the two republics. When that war ceased, his rank and emoluments were continued, and he was made president of the Peruvian hydrographic commission of the Amazon.

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In writing this biographical Civil War sketch I have performed not a task, but a labor of love, for I was, during many years, both in times of peace and of war, intimately associated with the distinguished sailor whose career I have attempted to trace. The appendix was added in consequence of letters I received asking for information in regard to the navigation of the upper Amazon river and its tributaries, a highway for commerce destined to be much better known in the near future than it is at present. Product Details. Average Review.

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