Richard Coxe Weightman

Richard Coxe Weightman

Birth
Washington City, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Death 17 Feb 1914 (aged 69)
Washington City, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Memorial ID 118115328 · View Source
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The Washington Post February 18, 1914

Richard C. Weightman, one of the oldest and most widely known newspaper men of Washington, and for many years an editorial writer on The Post, died yesterday morning in his home, 1906 Sunderland place, Northwest. He had been ill several months with a complication of grippe and heart disease. He was 70 years old. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Laura Weightman and one sister, Miss Louisa Serena Weightman, of the Berkshire apartments. He had two children who died several years ago. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 11 o'clock at his home. Interment will be private. Mrs. Weightman's brother is expected to arrive today from New Orleans.

Mr Weightman was born in Washington City on October 20, 1844. His father was Col. R. Hanson Weightman of the Confederate army and his mother was Miss Susan B Coxe, also of this city. Young Weightman went to the schools of Washington and later attended a private school at Catonsville, Maryland.

The Weightman family went to Kansas to live when Richard was about 13 years old and when the war broke out, the father became attached to the staff of Gen. Sterling Price, commanding the Confederate army of Missouri. The father was killed at Springfield, Mo. in the first year of the rebellion. Gen. Price was greatly interested in the son of his intrepid colonel and offered young Richard a place as aid on his staff which was accepted. But that sort of service was not to the liking of the youth and he entered the ranks as a private and fought through the war a part of the time serving with Gen P.G.T. Beauregard. The end of the war found Weightman in New Orleans with his way to make and he secured a position on the staff of the 'Picayune'.

After several years of distinguished newspaper service in that city during which time he married Miss Laura Jury, one of the beauties of the old regime, he came to Washington and joined the staff of The Post as an editorial writer. A few years ago he left The Post and became a member of the staff of the New York Sun, serving in a similar capacity. A little more than two years ago he went to Staunton, Va. having become identified with a newspaper enterprise there. He returned to Washington last September. Mr Weightman was a prolific writer for magazines and weekly publications as well as newspapers. He was a member of the Metropolitan Club and enjoyed the acquaintance of statesmen diplomats and the literary and art leaders of the world.



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  • Created by: Kimberly McDaniel
  • Added: 3 Oct 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 118115328
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Coxe Weightman (25 Oct 1844–17 Feb 1914), Find A Grave Memorial no. 118115328, citing Congressional Cemetery, Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA ; Maintained by Kimberly McDaniel (contributor 46776859) .