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 Hinton Rowan Helper

Hinton Rowan Helper

Birth
Mocksville, Davie County, North Carolina, USA
Death 10 Mar 1909 (aged 79)
District Of Columbia, USA
Burial Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA
Plot Sec 2 near the Terra Cotta victims grave
Memorial ID 40206067 · View Source
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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 never buried in a paupers grave somewhere unknown as has been said in some reference books. He was in fact buried in Forest Lake cemetery, which today is Cedar Hill cemetery. The Authors Society paid for a grave. The owner of the cemetery had been an acquaintance of Mr. Helpers and like him, was an avowed racist. Note: non-whites were not allowed burial here until well after the 1960s. An elaborate marker was planned for him but it was never erected or built. The press reported on Memorial Day in 1908 and again in 1912 that folks visited his grave and the nearby grave of the Terra Cotta train wreck victims which is also 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 but the 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 there.


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  • Created by: Fred Sanford
  • Added: 2 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40206067
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hinton Rowan Helper (27 Dec 1829–10 Mar 1909), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40206067, citing Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, Prince George's County, Maryland, USA ; Maintained by Fred Sanford (contributor 46577478) .