Aldie was the home of Charles Fenton Mercer (born 1778, died 1858), liberal statesman. Mercer was a congressman (1817-1839) and a member of the Virginia constitutional convention of 1829-30, in which he advocated manhood suffrage. His attempt in 1817 to establish a free school system in Virginia nearly succeeded. He was a leading advocate of the colonization of free blacks in Liberia.
Geographic Location: Loudoun County
Physical Description of Location: 39356 John S. Mosby Highway (Route 50), Aldie, VA 20105. Marker is on right when traveling west on Route 50, probably overgrown by shrubbery.
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