Joel R. Poinsett letter to D.P. Leadbetter

Joel R. Poinsett letter to D.P. Leadbetter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851
Title: Joel R. Poinsett letter to D.P. Leadbetter
Dates: 1841 February 24
Quantity: 0.029 Linear feet (1 folder; housed in 1 document box with minor collections MS 2705, 2706, 2708-2710, 2714, 2719, 2720, 2724, 2730, 2734, 2735, 2739, and 2740)
Coll. Number: ms2709(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

Archimedes Gaines was apparently a native Georgian and served in the U.S. Army (12th Infantry) from 1812 to 1818, when he deserted.

"Leadbetter, Daniel Parkhurst, a Representative from Ohio; born in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, Mass., September 10, 1797... was admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Steubenville... elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1837-March 3, 1841)... member of the State constitutional convention in 1851; served as a captain in the Civil War in 1862; died in Millersburg, Ohio, on February 26, 1870."-- "Leadbetter, Daniel Parkhurst, (1797 - 1870)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. (Retrieved July 29, 2009)

"Poinsett, Joel Roberts (2 Mar. 1779-12 Dec. 1851), diplomat and statesman, was born in Charleston, South Carolina... Poinsett wanted a career as a soldier. Although the War of 1812 approached, and he repeatedly sought a military appointment, he had to settle for an assignment as a commercial agent to Argentina, Peru, and Chile. Based in Rio de Janeiro after 1808, his exact title was agent for seamen and commerce, the equivalent of a consul... He next became interested in South Carolina politics. By 1816 he won a seat in the state legislature and was reelected two years later... By 1821 Poinsett was elected to the federal Congress... In 1822 Poinsett interrupted his congressional activities for a year to undertake a secret assignment for President Monroe. This involved further travel throughout South America to survey revolutionary conditions, particularly in Mexico and Cuba... In 1825 President Monroe appointed Poinsett as the first American minister to Mexico. He stayed on there until the first part of 1830, although he was not popular among all Mexicans... A new president, Martin Van Buren, succeeded in recalling Poinsett to the nation's capital in 1837 as secretary of war, a position for which Poinsett was admirably fitted. At age fifty-eight, in addition to reorganizing and equipping both the army and state militias, he also oversaw the nation's exploratory expeditions as well as American Indian affairs... When President Van Buren left office, Poinsett again retired from public life, this time permanently." -- "Joel Roberts Poinsett." American National Biography Online. (Retrieved July 29, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one letter written by J.R. Poinsett of the War Department and addressed to D.P. Leadbetter. In the letter Poinsett provides Leadbetter with biographical information about Archimedes Gaines.

Index Terms

Gaines, Archimedes
Leadbetter, Daniel Parkhurst, 1797-1870 -- Correspondence
Military deserters--Georgia.
Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851 -- Correspondence

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joel R. Poinsett letter to D.P. Leadbetter. MS 2709(. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

1Letter, 1841 February 24