11 Facts About Charlotte Dupuy


Charlotte Dupuy was brought to Kentucky in 1805 by the tailor James Condon, who had purchased her as a child from Daniel Parker in Cambridge.

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Charlotte Dupuy was said to have been born about 1787.

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Clay allowed Charlotte Dupuy to visit her mother and family on the Eastern Shore.

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Charlotte Dupuy based this on her mother's being free and her previous enslaver Condon's promise to free her and her children.

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Clay's attorney showed that her mother had been freed after Charlotte Dupuy was born, which did not affect her status as a slave.

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Charlotte Dupuy's case was taken seriously for, according to a letter by Henry Clay, Dupuy stayed in DC "upwards of 18 months" after he left for Kentucky, awaiting the results of the trial.

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Charlotte Dupuy worked for wages for the succeeding Secretary of State, Martin Van Buren, who lived at Decatur House.

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Clay's agent arranged for Charlotte Dupuy to be held in prison in Alexandria, which was part of the District of Columbia at the time, while he decided what to do.

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Clay had Charlotte Dupuy removed from Washington and transported to New Orleans, to the home of his daughter and son-in-law Martin Duralde.

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Charlotte Dupuy retained her son Charles Dupuy, who traveled with him to speaking engagements.

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An obituary of Aaron Charlotte Dupuy said he died February 6,1866, and was survived by his widow, although she was not listed by name.

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