Finding Aid to the Letter to H.E. Steptoe, 10 January 1944

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JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY
2311 MEMORIAL AVENUE
LYNCHBURG, VIRGINIA 24501
(434) 846-0501
LETTER TO H.E. STEPTOE, 10 JANUARY 1944
Lady Nancy Astor writes to her cousin, Hampden E. Steptoe, thanking him for sending a
little book of carols. She also mentions hearing “that southern accent on every street over here!”
At this time she was the unofficial hostess to American troops stationed in Plymouth prior to the
invasion of Normandy.

ASTOR, NANCY WITCHER LANGHORNE ASTOR, VISCOUNTESS, 1879-1964
Nancy Witcher Langhorne was born in Danville, Virginia, 19 May 1879, the daughter of
Chiswell Dabney Langhorne and Nancy Witcher Keene. She became the wife of Waldorf Astor
and was the first woman seated in the British Parliament. In Parliament, she championed
temperance, women’s rights and benefits for children. During World War II, she worked with
her husband to boost public morale. She retired from office in 1945.
Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor died on 2 May 1964 and is buried at Cliveden on the
Thames.
HAMPDEN EARLY STEPTOE, 1885-1963
Hampden Early Steptoe, son of John Marshall Steptoe and Lucy Landonia Cobbs, was
born in Bedford County in 1885. He attended Piedmont Business College in Lynchburg,
Virginia. He left Lynchburg to run a commissary in the coal fields of Logan County, West
Virginia. In 1912, he married Mary Lowe of Logan County.
Steptoe returned to Lynchburg in 1910 and became associated with the real estate firm of
Armstead and Steptoe. In 1911 he formed a partnership with Charles P. Patteson and the firm
was incorporated as Steptoe and Patteson. He served as president of the Lynchburg Real Estate
Board and in 1930 was elected president of the Virginia Real Estate Association. He helped
form the city-manager plan for Lynchburg and worked for its adoption. He served as vice
chairman of the City Planning Commission for ten years and was a director of the Lynchburg
Chamber of Commerce. He also served on the board of the Family Welfare Society and was a
director of Lynchburg Associated Charities.
Steptoe was the first to propose and obtain approval for night illumination of the Court
House and Monument Terrace.
A member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hampden Early Steptoe died 3 April 1963 in
Lynchburg and is buried in Presbyterian Cemetery.

MS1080

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Title

Finding Aid to the Letter to H.E. Steptoe, 10 January 1944

Subject

Correspondence
Steptoe, Hampden Early (1885-1963)
Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess, 1879-1964. Correspondence. Selections
Astor, Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess, 1879-1964

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Finding aid to the Letter to H.E. Steptoe, 10 January 1944 held at Jones Memorial Library

Creator

George M. Jones Memorial Library

Publisher

George M. Jones Memorial Library

Date

2023

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George M. Jones Memorial Library

Format

PDF file

Language

English

Identifier

MS1080FA

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George M. Jones Memorial Library, “Finding Aid to the Letter to H.E. Steptoe, 10 January 1944,” Digital Collections, accessed July 14, 2024, https://digitaljones.omeka.net/items/show/96.