|Creator:||Jones, Joseph, 1812-1882|
|Creator:||Thompson, William Tappan, 1812-1882|
|Title:||William Tappan Thompson papers|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 document box; 1 reel of microfilm)|
William Tappan Thompson (1812-1882), author and journalist, of Georgia; wrote under pseudonym Major Joseph Jones.
For more information, see the article "William Tappan Thompson (1812-1882)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
1812 August 31 Born in Ravenna, Ohio
1823 Moved to Philadelphia, PA Worked at Philadelphia Daily Chronicle
1830 Traveled to Tallahassee, Florida as private secretary of James D. Westcott, Secretary of the Florida territory
1834 or 1835 Moved to Augusta, GA Read law under Augustus B. Longstreet, editor of the State Rights Sentinel and author of Georgia Scenes
1836 January Enlisted in the Augusta militia unit "Richmond Blues" Returned to Florida to participate in the Seminole Indian war
1837 June 12 Married Caroline Amour Carrie
1838 May Established Augusta Mirror
1842 February Merged Augusta Mirror with the Family Companion and Ladies' Mirror of Macon. First fictitious sketches about Major Joseph Jones included in the publication
1842 August Moved to Madison, GA Edited Southern Miscellany
1844 February Returned to Augusta
1845 Wrote "Chronicles of Pineville"
1846 Moved to Baltimore, MD Founded Western Continent with poet Park Benjamin
1850 January Established and edited the Savannah Daily Morning News
1864 Left Savannah news office to become private in Confederate forces
1865 Returned to Savannah as associate editor of the Savannah Daily Morning News under its new Union owner and new name the Savannah Daily Herald
1867 Traveled to Europe
1868 Resumed editorship of Savannah Daily Morning News Member of the National Democratic Convention
1871-1876 Worked with Joel Chandler Harris in the Savannah news office
1877 Helped frame new Georgia constitution
1882 March 24 Died at Savannah home
Other Biographical References:
Coleman, Kenneth and Charles Stephen Gurr (eds). Dictionary of Georgia Biographies. Vol II. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 1983.
Miller, Henry Prentice. The Life and Works of William Tappan Thompson. Dissertation No. 4372, The University of Chicago. Chicago, Illinois, 1942.
The papers of William Tappan Thompson were acquired by the University of Georgia's Hargrett Library on May 1, 1989. The material was contributed by Mr. Dan Jardine and seemed to reflect no apparent order. The collection was found to consist mainly of Thompson's correspondence dating from the 1860's through the early 1880's, the time during which he served as editor of the Savannah Daily Morning News. Also found in the collection, however, were other materials of interest.
William Tappan Thompson Papers consists of one box with 41 folders. Folders 1:1-1:2 of the collection contain biographical information revealing Thompson as an important southern fiction writer and journalist. Folders 1:3-1:16 contain personal correspondence comprised mainly of Thompson's letters to his wife Caroline while on business trips in Europe and in America. Business correspondence concerning his literary and journalistic careers can be found in folders 1:17-1:31. Particularly interesting are letters received by Thompson from Alexander Stephens, John B. Gordon, and Joel Chandler Harris (see inventory) which discuss Georgia politics as well as reveal the political atmosphere of the South after the Civil War. Folder 1:32 contains undated correspondence. Folders 1:33-1:34 include notes and articles produced by Thompson while visiting Europe in 1867. Folder 1:35 contains miscellaneous writing by Thompson. Folder 1:36 reflects writings by other people, perhaps submissions to Thompson's literary periodical the Augusta Mirror. Drawings and information pertaining to Thompson's first published novel, "Major Jones' Courtship", can be found in folders 1:37-1:38. Finally, folders 1:39-1:41 contain miscellaneous business receipts, newspaper clippings, and empty envelopes.
Arranged by record type.
Major Jones' courtship.
Gift of Dan Jardine, 1989.
William Tappan Thompson papers, MS 2684. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries.