Historical Hall of Fame: William Cabell Rives (1793-1868) was a lawyer, politician, and historian who authored several books and served as President of the VHS
Virginia History Series
"William Cabell Rives (May 4, 1793 April 25, 1868) was an American lawyer, politician and diplomat from Albemarle County, Virginia. He represented Virginia as a Jackson Democrat in both the U.S. House and Senate and also served as the U.S. minister to France.
Rives was born at "Union Hill", the estate of his grandfather, Col. William Cabell, in Amherst County, Virginia. It was located on the James River in what is now Nelson County. His parents were Robert (17641845) and Margaret Cabell (c.17701815) Rives, and his brothers included Alexander Rives. He was a great-uncle of Alexander Brown, author of books on the early history of Virginia and a family history, The Cabells and their Kin (1895).
After private tutoring, Rives attended Hampden-Sydney College, followed by the College of William and Mary. He left Williamsburg to study law with Thomas Jefferson at Monticello, and in 1814 was admitted to the bar at Richmond. Rives began his law practice in Nelson County.
Rives' political career began by serving in the state constitutional convention of 1816. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates in 181719 for Nelson County, and again in 1822 for Albemarle County. In 1823 he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served from 1823 to 1829. In 1839 he was appointed by Andrew Jackson as minister to France serving for 3 years.
Rives was the author of several books, the most important being his Life and Times of James Madison (3 vols., Boston, 185968). He served on the Board of Visitors for the University of Virginia from 1834 to 1849, and was for many years the president of the Virginia Historical Society (1847-1868). He died at "Castle Hill" in 1868 and was buried in the family cemetery." (Quoted from Wikipedia)
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