Octavia Walton Le Vert
1811 – 1877
Who was Octavia Walton Le Vert?
Octavia Walton Le Vert, née Octavia Celestia Valentine Walton was an American socialite and writer in Mobile, Alabama. She was one of the first writers from Alabama to achieve national recognition. Although largely faded from history today, she was a well-known figure during her own time. From the 1830s through the 1850s she was noted for hosting gatherings of prominent politicians, noted literary figures, and professionals of all types. She was friends with a variety of prominent 19th century figures.
During her travels to Europe she was presented at the courts of several countries. She also received an audience with the Pope during her time there. Following her last European tour and return to the United States, she took on a role in the successful national campaign to purchase and restore Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington. Following the American Civil War, with her husband dead and much of her fortune gone, she returned to her birthplace of Georgia and embarked on an ultimately unsuccessful lecture tour. She was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in 1990.
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- Aug 11, 1811
- United States of America
- Mar 12, 1877