Clement Daniel Fishburne

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Clement Daniel Fishburne
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C. D. Fishburne

Electoral District First Ward
Preceded by W. C. N. Randolph
Succeeded by W. C. N. Randolph

Biographical Information

Date of birth May 26, 1832
Waynesboro City, Virginia
Date of death May 16, 1907 (aged 74)
Charlottesville City, Virginia
Spouse Sarah Waddell Fishburne
Elizabeth Nora Wood Fishburne
Children Junius Rodes Fishburne
Clement Daniel Fishburne Jr.
Walter Robert Fishburne
Residence 801 East High Street
Alma mater Washington College (now Washington and Lee University)
University of Virginia
Profession Professor (Davidson College)
Newspaper editor
Bank cashier
Religion Presbyterian

C. D. Fishburne (May 26, 1832 – May 16, 1907) – "Old Clem" to his many friends was a lawyer and one of the founders of the Bank of Albemarle. When he retired from his law practice, he became a cashier at the bank he helped found.

Fishburne was at one time edited of The Charlottesville Chronicle, a weekly paper published in Charlottesville for some years (1866-1869) after the war. For many years he was a member of the Charlottesville Town Council (1870–1889). For the first year of the Charlottesville City Council (1889–1900), he represented the First Ward and served as President of the City Council.

Clement Daniel Fishburne was born in Staunton, Va., but spent his childhood in Waynesboro. In early life he was for five years Professor of Latin and Greek studies at Davidson College in North Carolina. In 1857, he was best man at the second marriage of Thomas J. ("Stonewall") Jackson to Mary Anna Morrison.

Having served with the Rockbridge Artillery during the War Between the States, he later studied law at the University of Virginia, practiced for a short while editor of the Chronicle for a year, and then became cashier of the Albemarle Bank in 1886.

Marriage, family, death

  • His first wife was Miss Sarah Waddell 1831–1859 (m. 1857), by whom there was no issue.
  • His second wife Miss Elizabeth Nora "Lizzie" Wood 1838–1920 (m. 1867), daughter of John Wood, of this city. She survived him with three sons.
  • His brother, James Abbott Fishburne (1850–1921) founded Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro (1879).
  • His son, John Wood Fishburne (1867–1937), was Judge of the Circuit Court for seventeen years and later member of Congress from this district as a member of the House of Representatives. Born in Ivy Depot, in Albemarle County. After attending Pantops Academy, near Charlottesville, he studied languages at Washington and Lee University during the 1884–1885 term. Fishburne then matriculated at the University of Virginia, but he left after his first year of study to teach during the 1886–1887 academic year at Fishburne Military School, founded in Waynesboro by his uncle James Abbott Fishburne. [1]

Clement Daniels Fishburne died at his home on East High Street the morning of May 16, 1907. Funeral services were held at the Charlottesville Presbyterian Church; internment was in the family section of Maplewood Cemetery.

C.D. Fishburne House

The C.D. Fishburne House is one of Charlottesville's individually protected properties, meaning any exterior changes or potential demolition would have to be approved by the Board of Architectural Review. The house is located at 801 High Street, East. [2]

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Biography: Sketches of The Dead

Clement Daniels Fishburne, by J. N. Waddell (1920) [3]

Clement Daniels Fishburne was born in Waynesboro, Virginia, on May 26th, 1832, and died in Charlottesville, Virginia, on May 16th, 1907. He was the son of Daniel Fishburne, of Waynesboro, and of Ann Blackwell Rodes Fishburne, of Albemarle County. In his earlier years, he attended school in Waynesboro, and afterwards entered Washington College at Lexington, Virginia, from which institution he graduated.

After leaving college he taught in Christiansburg, Virginia, for one year, and the following year entered the University of Virginia. Shortly after the opening of the session he was elected Professor of Applied Mathematics at Davidson College, North Carolina, which was at that time under the charge of Major D. H. Hill, afterwards General Hill of the Confederate army. He was afterwards elected by the trustees of that institution Professor of Greek.

In 1860 he resigned his position at Davidson College with a view to studying law, and entered the law school of the University of Virginia in the fall of 1860.

In the spring of 1861 Virginia seceded from the Union, and in June of that year he left the institution to join the Rockbridge Artillery under the captaincy of W. N. Pendleton. He served in the Rockbridge Artillery for a year or more, and was then transferred to other departments of the army. When the war closed he was First-Lieutenant in the Ordnance Department.

After the war he returned to the University of Virginia, and finished his course in law, and started practicing in Charlottesville, where he lived for the remainder of his life. While engaged in his profession, he was elected cashier of the Bank of Albemarle, which position he held until his death. He was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors of Albemarle County for many years, and was also a member of the council of the town and city of Charlottesville. He was one of the trustees of Washington and Lee University, of which he was a graduate, and on him was conferred by that University the honorary degree of M. A.

He was married while at Davidson College to Sarah Waddell of Lexington, Virginia, who died about one year later. He afterwards married Elizabeth Wood, of Albemarle County, Virginia, who, with three sons, Judge John W. Fishburne, Clement D. Fishburne, Jr., and George P. Fishburne, survives him. He was a strong and vigorous writer, and at one time edited The Chronicle, a well known weekly paper published in Charlottesville for some years after the war.

Few men in his day and generation were held in higher esteem by the people of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Ready always to give counsel to those who sought his advice, his judgment was rarely wrong, and many to-day live to testify to the strong, lovable character of Clement Daniels Fishburne Soldier, Scholar, and Citizen!


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