United States Consul to Mexico, David Hunter Strother in Group Portrait at Tivoli De San Cosme, Mexico
Martinsburg, West Virginia native David Hunter Strother was appointed Consul to Mexico by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1879. The photograph was taken in the gardens called Tivoli De San Cosme at Espiritu Santo, Mexico. Strother is front and center with the white, flowing beard.
'Cecil D. Eby, Jr., the biographer of Porte Crayon, is a native of Charles Town. He is a graduate of Shepherd College and holds degrees from Northwestern University and the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Eby's specialty has been American literary history. His biography of David Hunter Strother appeared in 1960 under the title "Porte Crayon": the Life of David Hunter Strother. The journals of General Strother were edited and published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1961 under the title, A Virginia Yankee in the Civil War. Selections from Strother's Virginia Illustrated, North Carolina Illustrated, A Winter in the South and the Dismal Swamp, along with "Porte Crayon's" inimitable illustrations appeared under the collective title, The Old South Illustrated, also published by the University of North Carolina Press in 1959. The author is presently on the faculty of Madison College, Harrisonburg, Va., where he is assistant professor of English.'