DUVAL, William Pope (1784-1854)

DUVAL, WILLIAM POPE, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Mount Comfort, near Richmond, Va., in 1784; completed preparatory studies; moved to Kentucky; studied law; was admitted to the bar about 1804 and practiced; during the Indian hostilities of 1812 commanded a company of mounted Volunteers; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth Congress (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1815); resumed the practice of law in Bardstown, Ky.; appointed on May 18, 1821, United States judge, east Florida district; Governor of the Territory of Florida under Presidents Monroe, Adams, and Jackson, serving from April 17, 1822, to 1834; appointed on November 4, 1841, law agent in Florida; moved to Texas in 1848; was the original of ``Ralph Ringwood'' of Washington Irving and ``Nimrod Wildfire'' of James K. Paulding; died in Washington, D.C., March 19, 1854; interment in the Congressional Cemetery.

Clemson University
Clemson, SC
Papers: In the John Caldwell Calhoun Papers, 1784-1888, 5.5 cubic feet.
Persons represented include William Pope Duval.


Florida State Archives
Tallahassee, FL
Papers: In the R. K. (Richard Keith) Call, Correspondence, 1791-1849, 0.25 cubic foot.
Correspondents include William Pope Duval.

Papers: In the Florida Governor Territorial Governors Correspondence, 1820-1845, 1.75 cubic feet.
The majority of the series is correspondence to Territorial Governor William Pope DuVal. His correspondence concerns such issues as military administration, Indian affairs (including the relocation of a Miccosukee tribe), slaves and free Negroes, elections, appointments and recommendations, and the Legislative Council.


Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, KY
Papers: In the Felix Grundy Papers Land Transactions, 1808-1816, 3 items.
Other authors include William Pope Duval.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1822, 1 item.
A memorial of the inhabitants of the city of St. Augustine to William Pope Duval, governor of Florida, 1822.

Papers: 1839, 1 item.
A receipt for a $50 fee to defend James A. Dunlop. Signed by W.P. Duval.


Newberry Library
Chicago, IL
Papers: ca. 1829, 1 item.
A letter from Richard M. Johnson to Governor William P. Duvall. The letter concerns the Secretary of War's protest of a draft drawn upon him by Governor Duval of Florida for the outfitting and expense of the Indian boys whom he had authorized to be sent for their education to the Choctaw Academy. He says that Major Eaton had forgotten the circumstances and that the Indian Chiefs may now be obliged to send their boys to a school for education of the whites in Kentucky.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: January 28, 1826; June 27, 1836; April 9, 1845.
3 letters. Personal and official correspondence. Finding aid in repository.


University of Florida
Special Collections, George A. Smathers Library
Gainesville, FL
Papers: 1832-1942, 4 letters.
Correspondence. Letters: September 24, 1841 to A. P. Upshur; September 5, 1842 to R. K. Call; March 3, 1832 to Lewis Cass; March 3, 1832 to W. B. Lewis. Lamentations on the current state of Florida politics. Requests midshipman appointment for Francis Hamilton Hill. Asks for re-examination by the President of his claims for services rendered.