Samuel Bassett French was a Virginia lawyer and bureaucrat, Confederate officer, newspaperman, author and municipal judge.Early and family life Born in Norfolk, Virginia, to Rev. John French and his wife, the former Frances Marsden, Bassett received a private classical education at Norfolk Academy, then graduated from Hampden-Sydney College. He traveled northward in the Shenandoah Valley to read law under Robert Y. Conrad in Winchester, Virginia.Source: Wikipedia
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