Albert Taylor Bledsoe was born in Kentucky in 1807. After graduating from West Point Academy, he becae an Episcopal minister in 1835. He resigned from the ministry and spent the next nine years practicing law in Springfield, Illinois. A member of the Whig party, he served as chief editor of the Illinois State Journal, which was the town's principal Whig newspaper. Bledsoe left Springfield in 1848 to become professor of mathematics, first at the University of Mississippi until 1854 and then at the University of Virginia until the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861. He served during the war as acting Assistant Secretary of War in Richmond. After the war, Bledsoe published numerous books and other materials in defense of the Confederate cause, and he founded and also edited the Southern Review until his death on December 8, 1877 in Alexandria, Virginia. He was buried at the University of Virginia.