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 William Marshall Ambler

William Marshall Ambler

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 25 Aug 1896 (aged 83)
Louisa County, Virginia, USA
Burial Montpelier, Hanover County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 14808633 · View Source
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Member of the Virginia State Senate. Delegate to the Virginia secession convention. He studied at the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia. He then studied law under John Tayloe Lomax of Fredericksburg. In 1837 he moved to Louisa county to practice law and to take possesion of some 2,000 acres known as Lakeland. He was a Democrat and was elected to the Senate of Virginia in 1846. In 1848 he was appointed to the joint legislative commitee to revise the code of Virginia. In 1849 he became chairman of the Commitee on General Laws. From 1852 he served as chairman of the Commitee on Courts of Justice. In 1858 he was unanimously elected president pro tempore. In 1861, Ambler was elected to represent Louisa County in the Virginia convention. He was one of the delegates to vote for secession. When the motion passed, he was the first to sign the formal Ordinance of Secession. He did not take an active role in the army during the Civil War and continued to farm and practice law. His house burned in 1860 and he lived throughout the war in a small cabin on his property. He received a presidential pardon in 1865. He was opposed to the reforms that followed the war, supporting the Conservatives during the late 1860's. He raised tobacco and became an avid member of the Virginia State Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry. Ambler died of pneumonia at his house in Louisa.


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  • Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 3 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14808633
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Marshall Ambler (13 Jul 1813–25 Aug 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14808633, citing Church of Our Saviour Cemetery, Montpelier, Hanover County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by George Seitz (contributor 40539541) .