Letters of Nemesis

Letters of Nemesis

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: De Renne, Wymberley Jones, 1853-1916
Creator: Norwood, Thomas M., (Thomas Manson), 1830-1913
Creator: Oglesby, T. K.
Title: Letters of Nemesis
Dates: 1871-1913
Quantity: 0.05 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor collections MS 1649 to MS 1656)
Coll. Number: ms1650(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Thomas Manson Norwood, a Senator and a Representative from Georgia, was born in Talbot County, Ga., April 26, 1830. He pursued an academic course and graduated from Emory College, Oxford, Ga., in 1850. He then studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga. He was a member of the State house of representatives from 1861-1862, was a presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1868, and was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate, serving from November 14, 1871, to March 3, 1877. He then resumed the practice of law in Savannah, Ga. and was elected as a Representative to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889). He again resumed the practice of law and was appointed judge of the city court of Savannah in 1896, where he served twelve years. He then retired to his country home, "Hancock Hall," near Savannah, Ga., and died there June 19, 1913. The Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=N000160 Retrieved 3/20/2009.

Rufus Bullock was the first Republican to be elected to Georgia's highest political office, serving as governor from 1868 to 1871. Bullock was a northern-born businessman who cooperated with the Confederacy, became the most hated man in the state during Reconstruction, was forced from office by the Ku Klux Klan, and recovered enough of his reputation to become president of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and master of ceremonies at the Atlanta Cotton States and International Exposition in 1895. Still, until the 1990s historians generally accepted the negative view of Bullock gleaned from the partisan politics of Reconstruction, agreeing with the novelist Margaret Mitchell, who painted him as a carpetbagger and scalawag who looted the state. The New Georgia Encyclopedia. http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/nge/Article.jsp?id=h-2892&hl=y Retrieved 3/20/2009.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of copies of letters from the Augusta Chronicle which were made by T. K. Oglesby for W. J. DeRenne. T. M. Norwood, a noted politician, published the letters under the name "Nemesis". The letters deal with the administration of Governor Rufus B. Bulloch.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Bullock, Rufus B., (Rufus Brown), 1834-1907
Clippings (information artifacts)
Copies (document genres).
Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Letters to the editor--Georgia--Augusta.
Norwood, Thomas M., (Thomas Manson), 1830-1913 -- Correspondence
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)--Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Letters of Nemesis. MS 1650. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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