John W. Daniel

John Warwick Daniel ( born September 5, 1842 in Lynchburg, Virginia; † June 29, 1910 ibid ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party, who represented the state of Virginia in both houses of Congress.

Soldier and lawyer

After attending private schools John Daniel continued his education at the Lynchburg College and Dr. Gessner Harrison 's University School. After the outbreak of the Civil War he joined the Confederate Army in 1861, and there rose up to Major. He was an important officer on the staff of Major General Jubal Anderson Early, among others, during the Gettysburg campaign. During the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864, he was severely wounded and carried a disability of which led to his departure from the army. During his political career he received as a result of it the nickname " Lame Lion of Lynchburg " ( lame lion of Lynchburg ).

After his time in the military, Daniel studied law at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville; In 1866 he was admitted to the bar, after which he began practicing in Lynchburg.

Political career

Despite his severe disability Daniel began to press and politically. From 1869 to 1872 he sat first in the House of Virginia before to 1881 he belonged to the state Senate in 1876. A candidacy as governor of Virginia failed in 1881; he lost to William E. Cameron of the Readjuster party and was thus up to the year 1969, the last Democratic candidate who lost the gubernatorial election.

But he succeeded in 1884 to be elected to the House of Representatives of the United States. There, Daniel completed a legislature, before he moved within the Congress in the Senate, where he began his term of office on March 4, 1887 as the successor to William Mahone. In the years 1891, 1897, 1904 and 1910, he succeeded each re-election. Before he could begin his fifth term in office, he died in his hometown of Lynchburg.

During his time in the Senate he was among other things the Committee on Revision of the Laws of the United States. He was also a member of numerous other committees, including the Committee on Private Land Claims. Daniel supported the American intervention in Cuba and held a series of detailed talks about alleged Spanish atrocities. As stakeholders of war veterans he made himself strong for the creation of the Virginia Memorial on the battlefield of Gettysburg. He remained interested in as a senator on the politics of his home state in 1901 and took part in the Constitutional Convention of Virginia.

In Lynchburg, where John Daniel was buried, remembers a large bronze statue of the politician. The house of his father, known as Point of Honor was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970; his birthplace, the John Marshall Warwick House, followed in 1996.