James Lawson Kemper was a
Confederate general during the American
Civil War (1861–1865), who later served as governor of Virginia (1874–1877).
Kemper volunteered in the Mexican War (1846–1848), but returned to his civilian life
as a lawyer. He served five terms in the Virginia House of Delegates (1853–1863), including time as
Speaker of the House (1861–1863). There he garnered a reputation for honesty and
attention to duty. Kemper volunteered for servic. . .
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