William A. Huff papers

William A. Huff papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Huff, William A., 1832-1916
Title: William A. Huff papers
Dates: 1859
Quantity: 0.02 Linear feet (1 folder; housed with minor colections MS 1711 to MS 1727)
Coll. Number: ms1719(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

William A. Huff was born on the first day of March 1832 about ten miles from Macon, in Walden District Bibb County, Georgia, and is a son of Travis and Candis (Maund) Huff... In 1858 he went into the grain and provision business in Macon. He continued successfully in this business, amassing a good fortune for that period and time. However, the financial panic of the '70s caused reverses which determined his discontinuing the business which had formerly proven so successful... In the spring of 1862 Colonel Huff volunteered in the Confederate service and was assigned to the Commissary Department at Macon... It was during his marked business career, in December 1870, that he was sworn in as mayor of Macon, in which office he served for a continuous period of ten years... Later, in 1886, Colonel Huff was elected representative of Bibb County in the lower house of the State Legislature. He was twice re-elected... During the latter part of 1900 he was made manager, and later elected librarian of the Macon Public Library and Historical Society, serving as a member of the Board of Trustees of this institution, and librarian up to the time of his death... His greatly lamented death occurred April 24, 1916. -- Knight, Lucian Lamar. A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians. p. 3217-3219

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of letters and notices to William A. Huff of Macon, Georgia, for the payment of debts incurred by Huff on various long term purchases, primarily to support livestock operations. Letters have been sent from the Georgia towns of Barnesville, Forsyth, The Rock, and Thomaston.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Debt--Georgia--The Rock.
Farm supplies--Georgia--Costs--19th century.
Huff, William A., 1832-1916 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William A. Huff papers, MS 1719. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Papers, 1859