Alexander H. H. Stuart was a member of the House of Delegates (1836–1839, 1873–1877) and the(1841–1843), in the administration of Millard Fillmore (1850–1853), a member of the Senate of Virginia (1857–1861) and the , and a principal member of the Committee of Nine, which negotiated with the federal government for an end to Reconstruction in Virginia in 1869. Born in Staunton, he studied law at the University of Virginia before going into politics. In the General Assembly and then Congress, Stuart was a typical in his support of internal improvements and his moderation on the issue of slavery. After ‘s raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859, he helped pen a government report condemning Northern abolitionist agitation. Stuart voted against secession in 1861 but signed the . Stuart did not serve in government or the military during the (1861–1865), but in 1867, amidst controversy over a new state constitution, he helped to form the . He and eight other men, the so-called Committee of Nine, successfully negotiated a plan with the federal government to present an acceptable constitution to Virginia voters and so end Reconstruction in the state. He also served as rector of the University of Virginia (1876–1882, 1886–1887) and president of the Virginia Historical Society (1881–1891). He died in 1891.