|Creator:||Northen, William J., (William Jonathan), 1835-1913|
|Title:||William J. Northen letter to Charles Edgeworth Jones|
|Dates:||1890 May 5|
|Quantity:||0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1470 to MS 1477)|
William J. Northen was a long-term important political figure in the affairs of Georgia. From his post as president of the Georgia State Agricultural Society he wielded great influece which carried him to election as governor of the state. "Despite William Northen's success and influence as an educator, agricultural reformer, state legislator, and governor, history has largely ignored his life and work. As governor [of Georgia] in the early 1890s, he was ahead of his time. Not only did he advocate such reform measures as prohibition and increased educational funding, he also fought stridently against lynching. Northen also held highly his spiritual duties, serving as president of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) for three years and as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention for fourteen years." - "William J. Northen." New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrieved August 25, 2008)
For more information, see the article "William J. Northen (1835-1913)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
The collection consists of a letter, written while he was Georgia State Agricultural Society president and dated May 5, 1890, is addressed to Charles Edgeworth Jones of Augusta and discusses in some detail Northen's thoughts concerning his gubernatorial candidacy.
William J. Northen letter to Charles Edgeworth Jones. MS 1470. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.