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Enos D. Hopping Papers

Identifier: MSS-4302

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers relating to the life and career of Enos D. Hopping (1805-1847), who was a United States Army brigadier general during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). It includes a twelve-page letter written to his wife in the United States from Matamoros, Mexico, describing his observations during the period of June 10-16, 1867, including his recovery from illness, news about the ongoing war with Mexico, his attendance at a nearby Mass, and his sometimes racist views of the Mexican population. Other materials include invitations; an 1848 letter regarding Mrs. Hopping's efforts to claim pension money owed to her late husband; a note regarding Enos Hopping's commission as brigadier general in the US Army, issued from the adjutant general’s office in Washington, March 6, 1847; an undated newspaper clipping about the Batavia funeral of Dean Richmond, a railroad magnate who died in 1866; and additional documents. The collection also includes certificates authorizing Enos Hopping to practice law in various roles in New York courts, as well as a quit-claim deed signed by Hopping as a witness; and certificates appointing Hopping as paymaster, adjutant, major, lieutenant colonel, and colonel of the the 147th Regiment of Infantry of New York and as brigadier general of the Twenty-seventh Brigade of Infantry of New York. Two of the legal certificates were signed by William L. Marcy, governor of New York.


  • 1826 - 1866

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Biographical / Historical

Enos D. Hopping was born in New York City in 1805. He was appointed a United States Army brigadier general on March 3, 1847, by US President James K. Polk during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). Hopping was a personal and political friend of William L. Marcy, who was secretary of war in Polk's cabinet from 1845-1847 and held numerous other roles in the state and national government, including three terms as governor of New York (1833-1838). Enos Hopping died on September 1, 1847, while acting as commander of a training camp in Mier, northern Mexico, near the Rio Grande.

According to the Buffalo Evening News (February 5, 1896), Mary Elizabeth Mead Richmond, wife of railroad magnate Dean Richmond, was a sister of Enos D. Hopping's wife. Dean Richmond died on August 27, 1866, and is buried in Batavia, New York.


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This collection contains papers relating to the life and career of Enos D. Hopping (1805-1847), who was a United States Army brigadier general during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The University of Alabama Libraries acquired the Enos D. Hopping Papers in 2020.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Ryan, May 2021.
Guide to Enos D. Hopping Papers
Erin Ryan
June 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266