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Chew Conrad

Obituary of Holmes Conrad, Winchester, Virginia.

Maj. Homles Conrad, the noted constitutional lawyer of Virginia, one of the few remaining old-time Virginia counselors, died at his home in Winchester, in the seventy-sixth year of his age. He was for three years Commander of Camp No. 171, U. C. V., of the District of Columbia, and was greatly loved and esteemed by his Confederate comrades.

Major Conrad had been before the public eye of the nation for many years, first as Solicitor General of the United States during the second administration of President Cleveland. He had also served as Assistant Attorney-General of the United States, and in these capacities he handled many important cases for the government. After retirement from government service he continued to practice his profession in Washington. He was a warm personal friend of President McKinley, and was also highly appreciated by President Roosevelt who selected him as special counsel for the government in the Post Office Department fraud cases.

Major Conrad's last appearance before the United States Supreme Court was in April of this year, when he represented Virginia in her noted case against West Virginia.

Major Conrad came of a family prominent in the affairs of Virginia. He was born in Winchester January 31, 1840, and was educated at the old Winchester Academy, at the Virginia Military Institute at Lexington, and at the University of Virginia. Upon the outbreak of the War between the States he enlisted as a private in Company A, 1st Virginia Cavalry, and in 1862 he was made first sergeant. He was transferred later on to the 11th Virginia Cavalry, becoming its adjutant, and in 1864 he was made major and inspector general of the cavalry division under Gen. T. L. Rosser.

In addition to being an active and successful lawyer for many years, Major Conrad was also identified with many public and private enterprises in Winchester.

Major Conrad was the last of five brothers who saw active service in the cause of the Confederacy. The eldest, Dr. Daniel Burr Conrad, a surgeon in the United States navy, resigned and entered the Confederate navy; Powell Conrad was in the engineering department of the Confederate army; Charles Frederick Conrad served as a private in the 11th Virginia Cavalry; and Frank E. Conrad served as a private in the famous battery commanded by Col. R. Preston Chew.

Major Conrad was twice married and is survived by his second wife, three sons and three daughters.

SOURCE: Confederate Veteran Magazine, January, 1916.

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