Here was born Thomas Ritchie, November 5, 1778. In 1804, he established the Richmond Enquirer, which ran until 1877, the most noted of Virginia newspapers. Ritchie was a political leader in Virginia and an editor of national fame. In 1845, he became editor of the Washington Union. He retired in 1851 and died, July 3, 1854.
Geographic Location: Essex County
Physical Description of Location: Tappahannock, VA 22560. Located on Cross Street, less than 1/5 of a mile south of the intersection of Cross Street and Queen Street (Hwy 360). Marker is on the left when traveling south on Cross Street.
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