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Hinton Rowan Helper
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Birth: Dec. 27, 1829
Davie County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 10, 1909
District Of Columbia, USA

Mr. Helper was a man of many ideas and convictions. He was a member of the Authors Society of New York City and was appointed by President Lincoln as consul general to Buenos Aires in 1862. It was there that Mr. Helper dreamed up his idea of a railroad that would run from the southern tip of South America up thru Central America an then into Canada. His writings though created the most controversy. Mr Helper wrote several books against the idea of slavery. His book "Impending Crisis in the South; How to meet it" was published in 1857 and was said to have created a far greater furor than did the much better known "Uncle Toms Cabin" (also written in Washington, D.C.). He was hated and despised in the south because of this book alone. Hinton was an avowed racist but his cause for the writings was to warn of the unfairness that slave-owners had over farmers who did not own any, mostly because they couldn't afford to own them. Alone and by himself, Mr. Helper killed himself in his hotel room after suffering from depression over other events in his life. He was not buried in a paupers grave somewhere unknown as has been said in some reference books. He was in fact buried in Forest Lake cemetery. The Authors Society paid for a grave. The owner of the cemetery had been an acquaintance of Mr. Helpers and like him, an avowed racist. Note: non-whites were not allowed burial until well after the 1960s. An elaborate marker was planned for him but it was never built. The press reported on Memorial Day in 1908 and again in 1912, folks visited his grave and the nearby grave of the Terra Cotta train wreck victims which is located in Section 2. In 1910, the cemetery was sold and renamed Capital cemetery, after having been caught up in a major scandal. In 1913, the cemetery was again sold and renamed Cedar Hill Memorial Park cemetery, as it's known today. The current owners claim no records have been found from before 1913. The exact location of Mr. Helpers grave remains unknown butthe train wreck victims have been found in Section 2. The D.C. funeral home which transported his remains to the cemetery, by law even then, had to state for the death certificate where it took his remains. It has since closed and one employee was said to have 'taken the records to Pennsylvania with him when he left town'. During World War II, several U.S. Navy ships bore Mr. Hintons name in testament to his duties while working for President Lincoln. Today, the area in North Carolina where he was born has status as a tourist destination and information can be obtained at state visitor centers.
Cedar Hill Cemetery
Prince George's County
Maryland, USA
Plot: Sec 2 near the Terra Cotta victims grave
Created by: Fred Sanford
Record added: Aug 02, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 40206067
Hinton Rowan Helper
Added by: Richard Blunk
Hinton Rowan Helper
Added by: Fred Sanford
Hinton Rowan Helper
Added by: Fred Sanford
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