Finding aid prepared by Megan Mummey
William Duval papers
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Housed with multiple collections.
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
2011MS098: [identification of item], William Duval papers, 1809-1817, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
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William Pope Duval (1784-1854) was a lawyer, congressman, and territorial governor of Florida born near Richmond, Virginia. As a young man he moved to Bardstown, Kentucky, and became a lawyer. He married Nancy Hynes in 1894. From 1813 to 1815 he served as a United States Congressman from Kentucky. James Monroe appointed him Florida's territorial governor in 1822, a position he held until 1834. Afterwards he remained active in Florida politics, participating in Florida's Constitutional Convention and running for Congress in 1848. In 1849 he moved to Texas where he lived until his death in 1854.
Duval's cousin, Andrew Hynes, served as Adjutant General of Tennessee and fought with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans.
The William Duval papers consist of letters and poems addressed by William Pope Duval to his Cousin Andrew Hynes. The letters discuss Duval's career as a lawyer in Bardstown, Kentucky, his term in the House of Representatives, the War of 1812, Hyne's military career, and general family news.