Lewis Ginter: Richmond's Gilded Age Icon

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As a war hero, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Lewis Ginter was many things to Richmond. Performing integral missions for "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee, Ginter was commended for gallantry on the battlefield and became affectionately known as the "Fighting Commissary." After the war, Ginter was the first major marketer of the hand-rolled cigarette in America. He developed one of America's first streetcar suburbs and built the magnificent Jefferson Hotel, a symbol of Richmond's ambition and prosperity. But...

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Overview

As a war hero, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Lewis Ginter was many things to Richmond. Performing integral missions for "Stonewall" Jackson and Robert E. Lee, Ginter was commended for gallantry on the battlefield and became affectionately known as the "Fighting Commissary." After the war, Ginter was the first major marketer of the hand-rolled cigarette in America. He developed one of America's first streetcar suburbs and built the magnificent Jefferson Hotel, a symbol of Richmond's ambition and prosperity. But beyond the well-known history of this River City icon, there are many aspects of his personal and professional life that few know about. Join local writer Brian Burns as he delves into the hidden history of Ginter's extraordinary life to fill in the gaps between Ginter the man and Ginter the legend.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609493806
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Brian Burns started his career in the 1980s as an advertising art director in North Carolina. He moved to Richmond in 1987, where he enjoys a simpler life in writing and horticulture. His home is in the Bellevue district, one of the neighborhoods that Lewis Ginter and John Pope pioneered.
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  • Posted August 5, 2011

    Through Richmond Eyes

    When asked about a play he'd seen, Abraham Lincoln said, "For people who like that sort of thing, that's the sort of thing they like." For those of us who like local history, this is the sort of thing we like. Brian Burns says he wants the book to "see Lewis Ginter's life through his own 19th century eyes." Here he sees Richmond's history through Richmond eyes.


    This book describes Ginter's life from the time he arrived in Richmond in 1842 to his death in 1897, saying little about events that happened outside the greater Richmond area. Richmonders will enjoy the cast of local luminaries for whom Richmond streets, buildings and parks are named, Lewis Ginter first among them. It is a tradition of local history to extol the virtues of the local hero. This book keeps up that tradition, showing us a Lewis Ginter whose every action and motivation are benevolent and aimed at improving the city of Richmond. Heroes usually have divine inspiration. In this book, the spirit of Thomas Jefferson hovers closely around Ginter, ready with an inspirational quote whenever needed.


    Lewis Ginter's relationship with his protege, John Pope, is described in all its emotional depth; but the widespread belief that Pope and Ginter were gay lovers is not directly addressed. Readers are left to answer for themselves the real nature of Ginter's friendship with Pope.


    Altogether, this book is a monument to Lewis Ginter, John Pope, and their circle of colleagues and friends who in the 19th century determined the outlines of today's Richmond.

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