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John Fitzgerald Papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: GTM-150601

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence and indenture documents relating to the affairs of Colonel John Fitzgerald that relate to local affairs in northern Virginia in the 1790s.


  • 1780-1820


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Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.

Biographical Note

John Fitzgerald (d. 1799) was a Catholic aide de camp of General George Washington during the American Revolutionary War and a businessman in Alexandria, Virginia. In 1769, he immigrated to America from County Wicklow, Ireland. Fitzgerald married Jane Digges of Prince George's County, Maryland. From 1775 to 1778, he served as aide de camp of General George Washington.

In 1779, Fitzgerald started a business as an exporter of wheat in Alexandria. He became director of the Potomac Company in 1785. Fitzgerald served as mayor of Alexandria from 1786 to 1787. Beginning in 1788, he helped to establish St.Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria. In 1793, Fitzgerald became customs collector for Alexandria. He owned a number of enslaved persons. John Fitzgerald died in 1799.

[Source: Timeline of John Fitzerald's Life by Office of Historis Alexandria. Accessed Online].


0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Metadata Rights Declarations

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Thomas J. Delihant, S.J.

John Fitzgerald Papers
Lisette Matano
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2023-10: Edited for DACS-compliance by John Zarrillo

Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057