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Virginia Faulkner McSherry 1845 ~ 1916


The subject of this sketch is a woman of strong and attractive personality. She is a member, on both sides, of distinguished families that gave luster to the society of the Old Dominion, in its palmiest days. Her father was the late Hon. Charles James Faulkner, Sr., who filled many positions of honor and trust, not only in his own state, but under the government of the United States. He represented his country as minister to the court of St. Cloud, with distinguished ability, just prior to the Civil War, coming home at the commencement of the troublous times of 1861, and casting his fortunes with the South.

Mrs. McSherry was born in Martinsburg, Virginia, now West Virginia, and spent the greater part of her young life, with the exception of the years she lived with her father's family, in Paris, at her ancestral home "Bodyville," until her marriage to Dr. J. Whann McSherry. Mrs. McSherry's heart was bound up in the Southern Confederacy, in the service of which, her father, her husband, her brothers, and many friends, displayed unswerving fidelity, and immediately after the cessation of hostilities, she devoted her energies to the care of the gallant soldiers, who fought so nobly for the cause they believed to be right and just.

Mrs. McSherry organized a chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in her county of Berkeley, which by her energy and exceptional executive ability became a model of efficiency, in caring for the living and keeping bright the memories of the dead.

When the West Virginia Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy was organized, Mrs. McSherry was elected its president, which office she filled with marked ability, until called higher, and at Houston, Texas, in 1909, she was elevated to the highest office in the gift of the organization, that of president-general of the noble band of women, who compose the National Association of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, and was re-elected, at Little Rock, Arkansas, at the succeeding election.

Her administration of that exalted office has been eminently acceptable, impartial and just. Her conscientious discharge of her duties has won for her the enviable reputation of having been one of the very best presiding officers that this organization has ever had. She will go down in the history of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, with the plaudit, "Well done, good and faithful servant," and many are the old soldiers of the Confederacy who rise up and call her blessed. Besides being a zealous member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Mrs. McSherry is a leader in all good works in her community, and is regarded as most valuable member of society.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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