Biography of Patrick H. Aylett
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Aylett, Patrick Henry was born in King William county, Virginia, May 9, 1825, son of John Philip Aylett, Esq., and his wife, Judith Page (Wailer) Aylett. His grandmother, Elizabeth Henry, was the youngest daughter of Patrick Henry; he attended Rumford Academy, Washington College at Lexington, Virginia, the University of Virginia, which he entered in 1844, and remained one session in the academic department, then entered Harvard College, where he was graduated in law in 1846; he began the practice of law in Richmond, in the fall of 1847, but the death of his father, who left him his executor with a large estate, induced him to return to Montville, the old home in King William county; there he practiced his profession until 1853, when he returned to Richmond, where he spent the remainder of his life; upon the establishment of the "Richmond Examiner," in 1847, he became a contributor to its editorial columns, and in all of his editorial work seemed influenced by the responsible position which the editor of a leading paper occupied; he was appointed by President Buchanan as a member of the board of visitors to the United States Military Academy at West Point, and was subsequently appointed by the same President, without his solicitation. United States district attorney for the eastern district of Virginia; this position he held at the outbreak of the civil war, and was immediately reappointed by President Davis as Confederate States district attorney; as a writer in the field of literature, he was as gifted as in politics and law; he married, February 23, 1853, Emily A. Rutherfoord, daughter of the Hon. John Rutherfoord, of Richmond; his death, in common with so many other distinguished citizens of Virginia, occurred in the dreadful calamity, when the floor of the supreme court room in the state capitol gave way, April 27, 1870; in all the sorrow of that affliction the death of no man was more sincerely mourned and was a greater loss to state and family than was that of Mr. Aylett; he was survived by his wife and three daughters: Mrs. William L. Royal, Mrs. John Enders, Mrs. Thomas Bolling, all of Richmond, Virginia.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume III
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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