Person:Chiswell Langhorne (4)

Chiswell Dabney Langhorne
b.4 Nov 1843 Lynchburg, Virginia
d.14 Feb 1919 Richmond, Virginia
m. 13 FEB 1839
  1. Anne Frances Langhorne1842 - 1907
  2. Chiswell Dabney Langhorne1843 - 1919
  3. Henry Scarisbrook LanghorneABT 1848 -
  4. Elizabeth Dabney Langhorne1851 - AFT 1930
  5. Thomas Nelson LanghorneABT 1854 - BEF 1930
  6. Lucy Bolling LanghorneABT 1858 -
  7. Sarah E. LanghorneABT 1865 -
  8. Elisha K. LanghorneABT 1866 -
  9. John Blair LanghorneABT 1868 -
m. 20 Dec 1864
  1. Elizabeth Dabney Langhorne1867 - 1914
  2. Elisha Keene Langhorne1868 - 1916
  3. John Langhorne1870 - 1870
  4. Mary Langhorne1871 - 1871
  5. Chiswell Langhorne1872 - 1872
  6. Irene Langhorne1873 - 1956
  7. Harry Scarisbrook Langhorne1874 - 1907
  8. Nancy Witcher Langhorne1879 - 1964
  9. Phyllis Langhorne1881 - 1937
  10. William Henry Langhorne1882 - 1938
  11. Nora Langhorne1888 -
Facts and Events
Name[3] Chiswell Dabney Langhorne
Alt Name Chriswell Dabney Langhorn
Gender Male
Birth[1][2] 4 Nov 1843 Lynchburg, Virginia
Marriage 20 Dec 1864 Pittsylvania County, Virginiato Nancy Witcher Keene
Death[1][2] 14 Feb 1919 Richmond, Virginia
Reference Number? Q5102159?
Burial[2] Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond (independent city), Virginia, United States

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Colonel Chiswell Dabney Langhorne (November 4, 1843 – February 14, 1919) was an American railroad industrialist. He was the father of Nancy Witcher Langhorne and the maternal grandfather of both Joyce Grenfell and Michael Langhorne Astor.

Langhorne was born in Lynchburg, Virginia at Point of Honor. He was the eldest son of John Scarsbrook Langhorne (who inherited Langhorne Mills in Lynchburg along with the bulk of his father Henry's property) and Sarah Elizabeth Dabney (whose family owned the Edgemont plantation). The family were wealthy planters and slave-owners before the American Civil War. The Confederate General Jeb Stuart was a relative [1].

The Langhorne family lived in greatly reduced circumstances after the war. But, during the next quarter century, "Chilly" made a new fortune working first in the tobacco auctioneering business and then in railroads.[1]

As a young man, Langhorne entered the Confederate Army and served with distinction during the war. Soon after the Civil War, he moved to Danville, Virginia, a major center for bright leaf tobacco. The sale of loose-leaf tobacco by auction on a warehouse floor had originated there just before the Civil War. The practice, which was called the "Danville System", was quickly and widely adopted. It is said that Langhorne originated the auctioneer's fast-talking "chant," which proved very effective at evoking a heightened sense of bidding, and was also copied everywhere.

In 1864, while the Civil War was still in progress, Chiswell Langhorne married sixteen-year-old Nancy Witcher Keene. They had a total of eleven children; eight survived childhood.

In 1885, by which time they had at least six surviving children, he moved his family to Richmond. Through the influence of his wartime commanding officer, he landed a construction contract with the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway. This was the start of his building a railroad fortune.

By 1892 he had installed his family at Mirador, a colonnaded house in Albemarle County, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

He died in Richmond following an illness of several weeks. In 2006 the Langhorne House in Danville was listed under the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in Virginia.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Chiswell Langhorne, in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Chiswell Dabney Langhorne, in Find A Grave.
  3. MacColl, Gail, and Carol McD. Wallace. To Marry an English Lord. (New York: Workman Publishing, 1989).

    His family had been major slave-owners before the Civil War but lived in reduced circumstances afterwards. He amassed a new fortune in tobacco dealing and railroads.

  4.   Chiswell Dabney Langhorne, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.