|Title:||Cobb family papers|
|Quantity:||2.0 Linear feet (5 document boxes)|
The Cobbs were a prominent Athens, Georgia, family. Much of the collection concerns Howell Cobb and T.R.R. (Thomas Reade Rootes) Cobb. The former graduated from the University of Georgia in 1834, was elected to Congress from 1843 to 1850, served as the governor of Georgia from 1851-1853, then as the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury from 1856 to 1860. He presided over the Montgomery Convention in 1861, which would create the Confederate States of America. During the Civil War he was a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia.
Howell's younger brother, T.R.R., graduated from the University of Georgia in 1841 and became a well respected lawyer in Georgia. He signed Georgia's Ordinance of Secession in the Civil War and was a prominent author in the Confederate Constitution. Like his brother, he served as a brigadier general in the Army of Northern Virginia, commanding "Cobb's Legion." He was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg in December 1862.
Most notably, the Cobbs helped found the Confederate States of America. For a brief period of two weeks, Howell Cobb actually acted as the Head of State before Jefferson Davis was elected. T.R.R. Cobb was killed in battle, and General Sherman decimated the Cobb plantation and property during his march to the sea. During Reconstruction, Howell Cobb opposed most political acts, giving speeches against them. He ultimately died of a heart attack in New York City. Both he and T.R.R. are buried in Athens, Georgia, at the Oconee Hill Cemetery.
The collection consists of correspondence from and by the Cobb family from 1891-1957, printed material including clippings, pamphlets and brochures, photographs, and family business materials.
Arranged by record type.
Cobb family papers. MS 2353. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials available in the following collections of the repository: Azariah P. Cobb documents, 1866-1867; Carlisle Cobb Papers, 1931-1953; Carlisle Cobb Papers, 1851-1971; Carolyn Cobb papers, 1901-1957; Carolyn Cobb collection, 1931-1947; Howell Cobb, Junior, certificate, 1866; Howell Cobb family papers, 1824-1888; Howell Cobb papers, 1861-1868; Howell Cobb, Jr., family papers, 1859-1925; Howell Cobb family papers, 1793-1932; Howell Cobb family Bible xeroxes; Irvin S. Cobb letter, 1933; J.A. Cobb, 1865; John A. Cobb sale of slaves, 1841; Mary Ann Lamar Cobb account book, 1850-1858; Mary McKinley Cobb papers, 1886-1967; Mary McKinley Cobb papers, 1886-1935; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb papers, 1852-1862; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb letter to Governor Joseph Emerson Brown, 1860; Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb family papers, 1872-1961; William A. Cobb account books, 1845-1851; Cobb family papers, 1837-1913; Cobb family papers, 1859-1919; Cobb family papers, 1880-1900; Cobb/Erwin/Lamar family collection, 1796-1929; Cobb homes of Athens; 1965-1966; Cobb-Lamar-Rucker collection, 1860-1982.