Georgia statesmen letters

Georgia statesmen letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Georgia statesmen letters
Dates: 1821-1894
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (1 portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of six miscellaneous letters from Georgia statesmen. Included are letters from U.S. Senators Freeman Walker, Charles Tait, Oliver Prince, Thomas M. Norwood and Patrick Walsh.
Coll. Number: ms2068

Biographical/Historical Note

Freeman Walker was a Senator from Georgia; born in Charles City, Charles City County, Va., October 25, 1780; attended the common schools; moved to Augusta, Ga., in 1797; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1802 and commenced practice in Augusta; member, State house of representatives 1807-1811; mayor of Augusta 1818-1819; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Forsyth and served from November 6, 1819, to August 6, 1821, when he resigned; mayor of Augusta 1823; died in Augusta, Richmond County, Ga., September 23, 1827; interment in the Walker Family Cemetery in Augusta, Ga. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000052 Retrieved 4/21/2009.

Charles Tait was a Senator from Georgia; born near the present town of Hanover, Hanover County, Va., February 1, 1768; moved to Georgia in 1783 with his parents, who settled near Petersburg; completed preparatory studies; attended Wilkes Academy, Washington, Ga., 1786-1787, and Cokesbury College, Abingdon, Md., 1788; professor of French in Cokesburg College 1789-1794; studied law while teaching and was admitted to the Georgia bar in 1795; rector and professor at Richmond Academy, Augusta, Ga., 1795-1798; commenced the practice of law in Elbert County in 1798; presiding judge of the western circuit court of Georgia 1803-1809; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John Milledge; was reelected in 1813 and served from November 27, 1809, to March 3, 1819; chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses); moved to Wilcox County, Ala., in 1819; appointed by President James Monroe as United States district judge for Alabama 1820-1826, when he resigned; engaged as a planter near Claiborne, Ala.; declined a mission to Great Britain in 1828; died near Claiborne, Ala., October 7, 1835; interment in Dry Forks Cemetery on his country estate, Wilcox County, Ala. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=T000015 Retrieved 4/21/2009.

Oliver Hillhouse Prince was a Senator from Georgia; born in Montville, Conn., in 1787; completed preparatory studies; moved to Georgia in 1796 with his parents, who settled in Washington, Wilkes County; engaged in newspaper work; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1806 and commenced practice in Macon, Ga.; one of the five commissioners who laid out the town of Macon in 1824; member, State senate 1824; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Thomas W. Cobb and served from November 7, 1828, to March 3, 1829; author and editor; presided over the first railroad convention in Georgia and was one of the first stockholders and directors of the Georgia Railroad Co.; abandoned the practice of law to become editor of the Georgia Journal in 1830; retired to Athens, Ga., in 1835; perished in the wreck of the packet ship Home near Ocracoke Inlet, N.C., October 9, 1837, and the remains were never recovered. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=P000539 Retrieved 4/21/2009.

Thomas Manson Norwood was a Senator and a Representative from Georgia; born in Talbot County, Ga., April 26, 1830; pursued an academic course; graduated from Emory College, Oxford, Ga., in 1850; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; member, State house of representatives 1861-1862; presidential elector on the Democratic ticket in 1868; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from November 14, 1871, to March 3, 1877; resumed the practice of law in Savannah, Ga.; elected as a Representative to the Forty-ninth and Fiftieth Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1889); again resumed the practice of law; appointed judge of the city court of Savannah in 1896 and served twelve years; retired to his country home, "Hancock Hall," near Savannah, Ga., and died there June 19, 1913, interment in Laurel Grove Cemetery, Savannah, Ga. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=N000160 Retrieved 4/21/2009.

Patrick Walsh was a Senator from Georgia; born in Ballingarry, County Limerick, Ireland, January 1, 1840; immigrated to the United States in 1852 with his parents, who settled in Charleston, S.C.; became a journeyman printer in 1857; attended night schools, high school, and Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1859-1861; returned to Charleston and entered the State military service; moved to Augusta, Ga., in 1862 and for thirty-two years was connected with the press of that city, most of the time as manager and editor of the Augusta Chronicle; treasurer and general manager of the Southern Associated Press; member, city council of Augusta 1870; member, State house of representatives 1872, 1874, 1876; member of the Democratic National Executive Committee for four years; member of the World's Columbian Exposition Commission at Chicago in 1893; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alfred H. Colquitt; subsequently elected and served from April 2, 1894, to March 3, 1895; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1894; resumed his newspaper interests; mayor of Augusta 1897-1899; died in Augusta, Ga., March 19, 1899; interment in the City Cemetery. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=W000103 Retrieved 4/21/2009.


Index Terms

Correspondence.
Legislators--Georgia--Correspondence.
Norwood, Thomas M., (Thomas Manson), 1830-1913 -- Correspondence
Prince, Oliver Hillhouse, 1782-1837 -- Correspondence
Tait, Charles, 1768-1835 -- Correspondence
Walker, Freeman, 1780-1827 -- Correspondence
Walsh, Patrick, 1840-1899 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Georgia statesmen letters. MS 2068. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.


Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

 
Portfolio
1Miscellaneous letters (6)