Benjamin Conley papers

Benjamin Conley papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Conley, Benjamin, 1815-1886
Title: Benjamin Conley papers
Dates: 1842-1884
Quantity: 0.75 Linear feet 2 boxes
Coll. Number: ms1544

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Conley (1815-1886), businessman, politician, Georgia Governor (1871-1872), born in Newark, N.J., resided in Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Benjamin Conley from 1842-1884. The collection consists mainly of correspondence to Conley relating to his business practice, his presidency of the Macon and Augusta Railroad, his participation in the 1867 Constitutional Convention, as Georgia Governor, and as Postmaster of Atlanta. Many letters deal with Georgia reconstruction and politics, Conley's involvement in the Republican Party, and political matters relating to Augusta (Ga.). Correspondents include Foster Blodgett, John S. Bigby, Thomas J. Spear, and business partner B.W. Force.


Arranged roughly in chronological order.

Index Terms

Augusta (Ga.)--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Bigby, John S., (John Summerfield), 1832-1898
Blodgett, Foster, 1826-1877
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Georgia. Constitutional Convention. (1867-1868)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Georgia.
Republican Party (Ga.).
United States--Politics and government--19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Benjamin Conley papers, ms 1544, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1842 May 7
2Correspondence, 1844
3Legal document, 1848
4Legal documents, 1849
5Correspondence, 1853
6Paper, 1855
7Correspondence, legal document, 1856
8Correspondence, 1857
9Legal document, 1860
10Correspondence, 1863, 1865
11Correspondence, 1866
12Correspondence, 1867
13Correspondence, 1868
14Correspondence, 1869
15Correspondence, 1870
16Correspondence, 1871
17Correspondence, 1872
18Correspondence, 1873
19Correspondence, legal documents, 1874
20Correspondence, appointment, 1875
21Correspondence, legal documents, 1876
22Paper Correspondence, 1877
23Correspondence, 1878
24Indenture, correspondence, 1879
25Oath, circulars, correspondence, 1880
21Papers, Miscellaneous, 1867-1875, undated
2Correspondence, undated
3Clippings, undated
4Rachel Conley, Ellen Conley estate notes, undated
5Legal document signed by William Phillip regarding county Lines, undated
6Envelopes, undated
7Financial papers, undated
8Financial papers, 1854-1884
9William Harpers letter to Benjamin Conoley; James Harper statement, 1845, 1847
10Petition signed by Henry Hilliard, Joseph Hook, Joseph Cummings, James C. C. Black, Roswell King, James Harper, William Hope HullWilliam Davidson, and others, undated
112 photographs, undated
12Union Republican Club list of subscribers & amounts paid out, 1868
13Statement of William L. Williams; Affidavit of William L. Williams & John Davidson, 1845
14Paper name cards, undated