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Eppa Hunton

Eppa Hunton II
United States Senator
from Virginia
In office
May 28, 1892 – March 4, 1895
Preceded by John S. Barbour, Jr.
Succeeded by Thomas S. Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 8th district
In office
March 4, 1873 – March 4, 1881
Preceded by William Terry
Succeeded by John S. Barbour, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1822-09-22)September 22, 1822
Warrenton, Virginia
Died October 11, 1908(1908-10-11) (aged 86)
Richmond, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lucy Caroline Weir
Profession Lawyer, military officer, politician
Military service


 Confederate States of America
Service/branch Virginia Militia
 Confederate States Army
Rank Brigadier general (Virginia)
Brigadier General (CSA)
Battles/wars American Civil War

Eppa Hunton II (September 22, 1822 – October 11, 1908) was a U.S. Representative and Senator from Virginia and a brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War.


  • Early years 1
  • Family life 2
  • Civil War 3
  • Post-war politics 4

Early years

Hunton was born near Warrenton, Virginia, on September 22, 1822, to Eppa Sr. and Elizabeth Mary (Brent) Hunton (married June 22, 1811, in Fauquier County), who had twelve children in all.

After graduating from the New Baltimore Academy, he taught school for three years, then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1843, commencing practice in Brentsville, Virginia. He became prominent as a colonel, and later brigadier general, in the Virginia militia and as a Commonwealth's attorney for Prince William County (1849–1861).

Family life

In 1848, Hunton was married to Lucy Caroline Weir (February 20, 1825 – September 4, 1899), daughter of Robert and Clara Boothe Weir. They had two children:

  • Elizabeth Boothe Hunton (June 20, 1853 – September 30, 1854)
  • Eppa Hunton III (April 14, 1855 – March 5, 1932)

Their second child, Eppa Hunton III, went on to co-found the notable Richmond law firm Hunton & Williams in 1901.

In 1977, the firm established the Eppa Hunton IV Memorial Book Award at the University of Virginia's School of Law, in honor of Hunton's grandson (1904-1976). According to the University, the award is "presented annually to a third-year student who has demonstrated unusual aptitude in litigation courses and shown a keen awareness and understanding of the lawyer's ethical and professional responsibility."

Civil War

In February 1861, Hunton was a delegate to the Virginia Secession Convention, and advocated Nathan G. Evans' brigade near Leesburg, Virginia, where he led his command against a Union force at Ball's Bluff, driving it into the Potomac River.

Afterward, Hunton held Richmond, being promoted to brigadier general in August 1863, after the Battle of Gettysburg. During Pickett's Charge, Hunton was wounded in the leg. After service in the defenses of Richmond, he rejoined Pickett's division and fought at Cold Harbor and in the Richmond and Petersburg siege lines. In March 1865 his command fought a delaying action at Five Forks and again the following month at Battle of Sayler's Creek, where he was captured on April 6, 1865. He was paroled at Fort Warren (Massachusetts), on July 24.

Post-war politics

After the war Hunton resumed his former law practice and became involved in politics. He was elected as a Democrat from Virginia to the 43rd and the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1873 – March 4, 1881). During his years as a Representative, Hunton was chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions (44th Congress), and of the Committee on the District of Columbia (46th Congress). He was appointed to the 15-member Electoral Commission created by an act of Congress

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