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He was also active and influential in the politics of the State, having for many years held the position of Chairman of the Democratic Committee of the Eighth Congressional District.
By the death of Leonard Marbury the Bar of this city has lost one of its most prominent and popular members; the city a citizen ever alive to its best interests, and his family a loving and faithful husband, father and brother.
Resolved, That we tender to the family of the deceased our sincere sympathy in their sore bereavement.
Resolved further, That a copy of this tribute be sent to the family of the deceased and given to the press of this city.
Resolved further, That K. Kemper and Gardner L. Boothe, who are hereby appointed a committee for the purpose, do report these proceedings to the several courts of this city and county, with the request that they be spread on the records of said courts.
HONORABLE ARTHUR S. SEGAR.
There are times, when in the busy whirl of life, it is well to pause and contemplate the past and look toward the future, and there can arise in our lives no better occasion than, the death of a good man. Such an occasion comes with startling suddenness in the death of the Honorable Arthur Simpkins Segar, of Hampton, Va., born in Accomac county, on the 9th day of October, 1811. At an early age he lost his father; such a disaster may overwhelm the weak, but it calls forth all the strength of the strong. His uncle, the Honorable Joseph Segar, took charge of the fatherless boy, and our friend never wearied telling of the kindness of his uncle.
When the storm-cloud of war burst over the old State in the fateful year of 1861, young Segar was among the first to tender to her his services. The regiment in which our departed friend served was the famous 32d Virginia Infantry, which on so many battlefields covered itself with glory. It was from this regiment, after the war had ended, that there came so many bright lights to the Virginia Bar. Naming them at random, there were Edgar B. Montague, its Colonel; William R. Willis, its Lieutenant-Colonel; Baker P. Lee, its Major, and Arthur S. Segar. Mr. Segar was promoted Lieutenant, when a mere boy, and when but nineteen years of age won imperishable renown at Gettysburg. It was there that he carried twenty men into the action and lost eighteen and himself was struck four times. The halo of glory that decks the brows of the Confederate soldier will grow brighter as the time goes on. After the war had ended, the people of Virginia were called upon to send their best and wisest men to the General Assembly and the choice of Elizabeth City fell upon young Segar. The task before the Legislature was Herculean--a devasted territory, desolute