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George W. Randolph, former Confederate Secretary of War and youngest grandson of Thomas Jefferson, dies at his Virginia home of tuberculosis.

George Wythe Randolph, detail
04/03/1867

George Wythe Randolph, the youngest grandson of Thomas Jefferson and a Confederate general officer and Secretary of War, died of tuberculosis on his plantation near Charlottesville, Virginia. Related to the most prominent families of the Commonwealth, he had been born at Monticello, named after his grandfather's university professor, and studied himself at the University of Virginia. He practiced law and then went into service with Confederacy.  He served briefly as Jefferson Davis' Secretary of War in 1862 before his declining health saw his resignation and an extended stay with his wife in Europe between 1864 and 1866.  He returned home to die and is buried in the Jefferson family cemetery at Monticello.  He was forty-nine years old. (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"Obituaries," The American Annual Cyclopedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1867 ... (New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1870), 559.

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