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 Charles Fenton Mercer “Pete Whetstone” Noland

Charles Fenton Mercer “Pete Whetstone” Noland

Birth
Aldie, Loudoun County, Virginia, USA
Death 23 Jun 1858 (aged 47)
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Burial Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA
Memorial ID 22364 · View Source
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Author. Born in Aldie, Virginia, he was an orator most noted for writing yarns of rural frontier life under the pen name "Pete Whetstone". After some time at West point, he studied law and became a lawyer in 1825. He entered into Arkansas politics, but after he killed Governor John Pope's nephew in a duel that originated with Noland's criticism of the governor, he left the territory. He returned to Arkansas politics in 1836 and was chosen to carry the new state constitution to Washington. He then became Arkansas's representative in the literary movement and became a reporter for the New York Spirit of the Times, in 1836. As a reporter of horse races and other sporting events, he became focused in his fictional character "Pete Whetstone", who spun yarns about Arkansas hunting, politics and life in general. As the national audience grew, he became a celebrity for his original and humorous publishcations. Although he never received any financial gain for his writings, he was a popular a national figure. He died from tuberculosis at age 57 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 17 May 2001
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Fenton Mercer “Pete Whetstone” Noland (c.23 Aug 1810–23 Jun 1858), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22364, citing Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .