|Creator:||Prince, Oliver Hillhouse, 1782-1837|
|Title:||Oliver Hillhouse Prince papers|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)|
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.
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.
Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access Project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia.
Oliver Hillhouse Prince papers. MS 2327. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.