Oliver Hillhouse Prince papers

Oliver Hillhouse Prince papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Prince, Oliver Hillhouse, 1782-1837
Title: Oliver Hillhouse Prince papers
Dates: 1810-1871
Quantity: 0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)
Coll. Number: ms2327

Biographical/Historical Note

Oliver Hillhouse Prince (1782-1837), lawyer, politician, and editor of the Milledgeville (Ga.) newspaper Georgia Journal, born in Connecticut, moved to Wilkes County, Georgia in 1796.

Oliver Hillhouse Prince was born in New London, Connecticutt in 1782, the son of William and Mary Hillhouse Prince. In 1796 his family moved to Wilkes County, Georgia where his father became headmaster of the Washington Academy. After being admitted to the bar in 1806, Hillhouse practiced law in Wilkes County and later in Bibb County, Georgia. Besides writing a digest of laws for the state of Georgia, he served on the Georgia State Senate and later the U.S. Senate. As a state senator Hillhouse was one of the five commissioners who laid out the city plan of Macon, Georgia. Around 1830 he left legislative work and became editor of the Georgia Journal in Milledgeville, which was then the state capital. Prince later became active in railroad work and was instrumental in connecting Georgia's railroads to the West. Both he and his wife died in a shipwreck off the coast of North Carolina on October 9, 1837.

For more information, see his congressional biography.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers of Oliver Hillhouse Prince from 1810-1871. The papers include correspondence, small account books, legal documents, and other miscellaneous items. The correspondence includes letters to and from Prince and his wife, Mary H. Prince, and their children; letters from family and friends including David P. Hillhouse, Thomas Hillhouse, and David Buel; and letters (1819) from Jane Green in Louisville (Ga.) to her husband Dr. William M. Green. Some of the Prince correspondence pertains to his involvement with the GEORGIA JOURNAL and some discuss Georgia politics.

The Oliver Hillhouse Prince Papers were purchased on March 27, 1985 from Virginia King Nirenstein who had inherited them from her aunt Willie Norman Poe. Nirenstein has written a book centered around this collection called With Kindly Voices, which chronicles the life of Oliver H. Prince as well as members of the Poe, Green, and King families. The book also includes transcriptions of many of the letters and other documents found in the collection.

Together with Nirenstein's book these papers give an interesting insight into a prominent 19th century Georgia family.


Arranged by record type.

Index Terms

Buel, David, 1747-1836
Georgia journal (Milledgeville, Ga.)
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Green, Jane, fl. 1819
Green, William M., fl. 1819
Hillhouse, David Porter, 1791-1851
Hillhouse, Thomas
Prince family
Prince, Mary Hillhouse
Wilkes County (Ga.)

General Notes

Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oliver Hillhouse Prince papers. MS 2327. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, before 1810
2Correspondence, 1813 September 9
3Correspondence, 1818 October 9
4Correspondence, 1819 March 9
5Correspondence, 1819 July 5
6Correspondence, 1819 July 12
7Correspondence, 1819 July 27
8Correspondence, 1819 August 25
9Correspondence, 1819 September? 22
10Correspondence, 1819? November 16
11Correspondence, 1828 October 29
12Correspondence, 1830 September 10
13Correspondence, 1830 December 30
14Correspondence, 1832 March 17
15Correspondence, 1832 March 26
16Correspondence (Letter of attorney), 1833 August
17Correspondence, 1834 February 6
18Correspondence, 1834 July 15
19Correspondence, 1834 July 20
20Correspondence, 1834 August 5
20aCorrespondence, 1835 January 18
21Correspondence, 1835 April 13
22Correspondence, 1835 June 18
23Correspondence, 1835 August 23
24Correspondence, 1836 March 28
25Correspondence, 1836 April 20
26Correspondence, 1837 May 23
27Correspondence, 1837 June 10
28Correspondence, 1843 June 21
29Correspondence, 1844 June 12
30Correspondence, 1844 July 17
31Correspondence, 1846 May 13
32Correspondence, 1848 June 23
33Correspondence, 1853 March 13
34Correspondence, 1853 November 3
35Correspondence, 1861 May 29
36Correspondence, 1864 September 26
37Correspondence, 1868 December 28
38Correspondence, 1871 April 5
39Correspondence, Undated
40Account books
41Court records, miscellaneous, 1810 & 1856
42Empty envelopes
43Indenture, 1835
44Indenture, 1850 May 16
45Land grant, 1838
46Military document, 1865? January 23
47Plat, 1832 June 27
48Printed material
49Will of Washington Poe, 1824
50Writings by Washington Poe
51Writings by William A. Poe