Joseph Christian (1870-1882)

Further reading:

William M. E. Rachal and Joseph Christian, “The Capitol Disaster, April 27, 1870: A Letter of Judge Joseph Christian to His Wife,” The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography (1960).

Brent Tarter, A Saga of the New South: Race, Law, and Public Debt in Virginia. Tarter discusses Christian’s views on the public debt, as reflected in his opinion in the case Clarke v. Tyler (1878).

William Bland Whitley, “Joseph Christian (1828-1905),” Dictionary of Virginia Biography (1998).


Research collections:

Library of Virginia (Personal Papers Collection)
Richmond, Va.
Joseph Christian Correspondence, 1859-1882; 1 microfilm reel (54 items; originals at the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA).
Professional and personal correspondence; letters concerning cases pending before the Supreme Court, requests for legal opinions, Christian’s business concerns, and other matters. Correspondents include Christian’s colleagues on the court (Edward C. Burks, Richard C.L. Moncure, and Waller R. Staples), and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field.

Library of Virginia (State Government Records Collection)
Richmond, Va.
Supreme Court of Appeals of Virginia Records, 1871-1914.
Correspondence (1 folder) between Christian and the State Law Librarian, 1894.

Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, Va.
George William Bagby Papers, 1877, 1 item.
Letter from Christian concerning Bagby’s lecture, “The Old Virginia Gentleman.”