Horatio Stark Wilkinson and grandfather

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Horatio Stark Wilkinson and grandfather - HOX. THEODOEE S. WILKLXSOX. One Has Rendered...
HOX. THEODOEE S. WILKLXSOX. One Has Rendered Bis Party and His State Valuable Services As Mr Wilkinson Is a prominent candidate candidate for the position of collector of the port of New Orleans, the following sketch of his Ufa is presented: Theodore Stark Wilkinson la descended from veterans of the. revolution through both his father and mother. Hia maternal eat - grandf atner. was Colonel Horatio Stark, and his great - grandfather on the paternal side was Gen. James Wilkinson, who, at the age of 20, while serving on Gen. Gates' staff, wrote the terms of the surrender of Burgoyne at Saratoga. Later oa, after the revolution, he waa made, under Presidents Washington and Adams, Adams, the commander - in - chief of the army, and was one of the commissioners with ,W. C C - Claiborne (afterwards governor), to recdve tho ' territory of Louisiana from the agents of Napoleon. General ,. Wilkinson came to Louisiana in tho fulfillment of that mission in 1803, and thus for nearly a century the family haa figured actively, and honorably in the history of the state, shedding its blood on her battle fields and defending her liberties in the forum. Mr. Wilkinson's father. Dr. - J. B. Wilkinson, Wilkinson, was a member of the legislature and of the seoesaion convention, a prominent prominent physician and planter of this state for many years, who, after a residence residence of several years in Pass Christian, Christian, Miss., has returned to New Orleans to make it his home. Theodore S. Wilkinson was born forty - five years ago on the plantation of his grandfather, below the dty. His studies were completed at Washington and Lee University iu Virginia. In 1870 he left that institution with distinguished honors, one of which was a much - coveted coveted coveted prize the gold medal of the Washington Washington Society awarded by the vote of tho society to the best debater among its members during the year. In the same class with Mr. Wilkinson were C. R. Breckinridge, of Arkansas, and a number of others who have since been chosen to represent southern constituencies constituencies in congress. II - attained his majority majority during his stay in Virginia, and his first vote was cast at Lexington, In I860, for Governor Gilbert C. Walker. After leaving college, Mr. Wilkinson became Interested - in planting and for several years . was the manager of bis lather's place. He subsequently commenced commenced plunting on his own account. In 1872 Mr. Wilkinson took an active part in the state and national campaign, and though one of the most youthful waa one of the most effective campaign speakers speakers on the stump. In the Greeley campaign campaign he was charged with the custody ot me parish returns. He was asked by a deputy United States marshal to surrender surrender them, and the demand waa enforced enforced by a file of federal soldiers, but Mr. Wilkinson persisted In hia refusal to surrender the documents. . In the revolution of 1874 the parish offices were turned over to the Democracy, Democracy, on the demand of Mr. Wilkinson, Wilkinson, only to be vacated after the reinstatement reinstatement of the Kellogg government by President Grant In the campaigns of 1874. 1876, 1878, 1880 and 1882 Mr. Wilkinson was one ot the most active and prominent members of the Democratic state central committee. committee. In 1884 he was for the first timo a candidate for an Important political office, and was defeated for the congressional congressional nomination from the First district by the late Colonel Louis St. Martin, whom be warmly supported in the ensuing ensuing campaign. - Mr. Wilkinson was elected a member of the national house of representatives seven years ago. The convention that nominated him engaged in a protracted struggle for the nomination, and he ouly received it after the 208th ballot. He served his constituents for two terms with distinguished zeal and ability and was compelled, arter the disasters - attending an overflow of bis plantation." which occurred occurred during his absence in Washington, to decline a third nomination and election. The convention that nominated his successor. successor. General Adolph Meyer, passed resolutions of regret at Mr. Wilkinson's determination to retire from congressional life. Mr. Wilkinson took an active part in the last campaign, serving as chairman of the convention which nominated Gov. ernor Fester and the present state administration administration and afterwards was selected selected as chairman of the state central committee of that wing of the ' party. After the state campaign was over the effort to bring about the reunion of the contending factions was renewed, and Mr. Wilkinson took a leading part in bringing these eTforts to a successful conclusion. conclusion. Both factions of the party realized how earnest and efficient thess efforts to bring about party unity had been, and at the meeting of the convention convention of the reunited party, a resolution waa unanimously passed tendering him the thanks of the convention "for his pure patriotism and unswerving devotion to the interest of the Democratic party." Seldom has such an ovation been given a public man as was given Mr. Wilkinson Wilkinson on the passage of this resolution. At the last session ot the legislature he was urged by a number of friends, in and out of the legislature, to allow bis name to be used as a candidate for the position of United States senator, but positively declined. Mr. WInkinson is . well known in this section of the state as a public speaker, . and - bis speeches, always delivered delivered with great earnestness and marked at times with eloquence, recdve always the dose and interested attention of his audiences. He spoke a number of times in the bouse of representatives on "the tariff, the Algiers navy yard and other public questions. Perhaps the most finished of his public utterances were his speech, in the convention nominating S. D. McEnery for - governor, one delivered at Chalmette before the Grand Army of the Republic on Decoration day and the eulogy delivered in the house of representatives representatives on the life and character of Edward J. Gay. all three of wbich are characterised by - great beauty of language. language. Mr. Wilkinson is now engaged in sngar planting on the lower coast. - Since the election of Mr. Cleveland he has been spoken of as a proper selection for the office - of collector of customs of this port. A late press dispatch from Washington Washington indicates that he has the support of both of the Louisiana senators, senators, and most, perhaps all, "f the Louisiana delegation in the house. He also - has tlie advantage of a personal acquaintance with Mr. Cleveland, and he served in congress with Mr. Carlisle, now secretary of the treasury. Mr. Wilkinson is sturdily supported by a host of friends for the coilectorshlp of the port of New Orleans, and is strongly recommended .by many of. its leading business men. - . ' " W "IIP? ' -

Clipped from The Times-Picayune22 Mar 1893, WedPage 6

The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana)22 Mar 1893, WedPage 6
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