Resolution of the Board of Visitors

of the University of Virginia, Upon the Death of Joseph Carrington Cabell in February 1856


Mr. Stevenson submitted the following statement & resolution to the board which were unanimously adopted.

Since the last meeting of the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia its late Rector Joseph C. Cabell departed this life at his residence in the County of Nelson in the 80th year of his age.

Few names stand higher on the list of the eminent founders of this Institution than that of this distinguished man.

As a citizen of Virginia and one of the members of its Legislature for many years; as a Visitor of the University, from the period of its establishment, to that of his death, and for the last ten years, the Rector; the larger portion of his life may truly be said to have been devoted to the advancement of the highest honors, and best interests, of this noble Institution.

Resolved Therefore that the members of the Board of Visitors now assembled, cannot satisfy their feelings, without bearing testimony to the character and services of Mr. Cabell to the University of Virginia and especially their deep sense of the loss which it has sustained in the lamented death of one of its early Patrons, and most constant, zealous, and devoted friends.

Resolved That the Rector be requested to communicate to Mrs. Cabell the foregoing resolutions.

Ordered by the Board that the foregoing preamble and resolution be published.

[Taken from the Board of Visitors’ Minutes—Public. Vol. IV (1 of 4) – Typescript in Reading Room of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. 27 May 1856.]