Virginia Wiltbank Rich

Virginia Wiltbank Rich

Female 1875 - 1965  (90 years)

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  • Name Virginia Wiltbank Rich  [1
    Born 4 Jul 1875  Baltimore, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 4 Oct 1965 
    Person ID I6467  mytree
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 

    Family 1 Adrian Holmes Onderdonk,   b. 18 Jul 1877, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1956, St James, Washington, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married Aft 1949  [2
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F2657  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Benjamin Latrobe Weston,   b. 8 Sep 1868, Baltimore, Independent Cities, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1949  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1913 
    Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 
    Family ID F2659  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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  • Notes 
    • On March 9, 1967 the U.S. Capitol Historical Society presented the Benjamin Latrobe Empire Sofa to the Clerk of the House of Representatives. The sofa was first owned by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and his wife Mary Elizabeth Hazlehurst. It comprised a part of the furnishing in their Baltimore home prior to his death in 1820. Since that time it has remained in the Latrobe family, having been in the possession of Benjamin H. Latrobe, Jr., his daughter, Agnes Latrobe Weston, and her son, Benjamin Latrobe Weston. It was the latter's wife, Virginia Rich Weston, who last owned the sofa before presenting it to her nephew, the Reverend E. Albert Rich, rector of St. John's Church in Ellicott City, Md. Reverend Rich recognized the historical value of the piece, offered it to the U.S.Capitol Historical Society, and the society has placed the sofa in the congressional ladies retiring room, originally designed for the Capitol by Latrobe, and one time office of the Speaker of the House. The basic composition of the sofa is poplar and walnut with a walnut veneer.

      In addition to being the foremost engineer and architect of his time, Latrobe was a recognized artist. As Surveyor of Public Buildings, his services were in demand throughout Government agencies, including the President's House. From 1809, when President and Mrs. Madison first occupied the structure, until it was burned by the British in 1814, Benjamin Latrobe designed much of the furnishings so as to compliment the architectural style of the Executive Mansion.

      Exerpted from the Extension of Remarks of Hon. Fred Schwengel, of Iowa in the House of Representatives, Monday, May 15, 1967.

  • Sources 
    1. [S35] Carol D. Hoey, b67744@epix.net, By Hon. Fred Schwengel of Iowa.

    2. [S132] The Genealogist, Dec 1975, Vol I, No. 8. Charles Joseph La TrobeMemorial Issue, Page 191.


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