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Lewis Ginter:: Richmond's Gilded Age Icon
by Brian Burns
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 ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 4th 2011 by History Press (SC)
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As a native of Richmond, I enjoyed reading about Lewis Ginter and realizing how much of a role he had in developing the city. This biography was easy to read and I appreciated the inclusion of the historic photographs-especially of the construction of the Jefferson Hotel and the destruction of downtown Richmond after the Civil War. I did wonder though who really loved Thomas Jefferson more-Ginter or the author. The author depicted Ginter as someone who lived life according to Jefferson's ideals ...more