George Washington Towns collection

George Washington Towns collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Davidson, William H., Biographer
Title: George Washington Towns collection
Dates: 1972
Quantity: 0.05 Linear feet (1 folder; MS 3461 to MS 3466 housed together in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms3464(m)

Biographical/Historical Note

"George W. Towns, a lawyer, legislator, and U.S. congressman, served as Georgia's governor from 1847 to 1851. A Unionist and staunch opponent of nullification when he entered politics in 1829, Towns became governor two decades later as a 'fire-eating' secessionist who believed that the federal government was controlled by fanatical northern abolitionists determined to ruin and subjugate the South." - "George W. Towns." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved November 17, 2008)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of one scrapbook of information on George Washington Towns from the collection of William H. Davidson. The book includes photocopies of various newspaper articles, letters of correspondence gathering information on Towns, a typed biography of Towns by Mr. Davidson dated March 29, 1968, and articles photocopied from books. Date on "title page" of scrapbook is 1972. The scrapbook also includes a four-page photocopy from microfilm of the Federal Union newspaper of Milledgeville, Georgia, July 6, 1847, laid in. The article is about the Whig and Democratic conventions, votes in Congress and campaigns and the campaign of G. W. Towns for Governor.

Index Terms

Davidson, William H., Biographer -- Correspondence
Legislators--United States--Biography.
Plantation owners--Georgia--Macon--Biography.
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Political conventions--Georgia.
Towns, George Washington Bonaparte, 1801-1854

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Washington Towns collection, 1972. MS 3464(M). Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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