Seddon, James Alexander
- Leonard Schlup
Seddon, James Alexander (13 July 1815–19 August 1880), congressman and Confederate secretary of war, was born in Fredericksburg, Stafford County, Virginia, the son of Thomas Seddon, a banker and merchant, and Susan Pearson. Spending much of his youth with an uncle, Seddon attended local academies and received private tutoring. His family’s large library enabled him to pursue his interest in reading. He managed his father’s properties in Virginia and studied law under Arthur A. Morison, a relative and local attorney. In 1834 Seddon spent nearly six months in Mississippi and Louisiana, where the climate helped his frail health. Thereafter he periodically returned to spend several winters in Louisiana, tending to his investments in sugar....