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HICKMAN, Robert S., born in 1813; died in Washington, D. C., 2 September, 1873. He was a native of Virginia or Maryland, went to Washington about the time of the Mexican war, and there soon became noted for the elegance of his dress and manners, acquiring the name of "Beau" Hickman. He was on familiar terms with many public men, and in later life entertained many visitors in Washington with his reminiscences and anecdotes, and subsisted by means of trifling sums that he pretended to borrow from his hearers.
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