|Creator:||Ruger, Thomas Howard, 1833-1907|
|Title:||Thomas Howard Ruger papers|
Brigadier General Thomas Howard Ruger (1833-1907), born in New York, was appointed provisional governor of Georgia on January 13, 1868 by General George Meade, Commander of the Third Military District. Meade removed Governor Charles Jenkins and Treasurer John Jones from office because of withholding funds for the 1867 Constitutional Convention. Before leaving office, Jones removed state funds, the state seal, and books and records of his office, therefore making Ruger unable to determine the condition of the treasury.
The collection consists of correspondence, telegrams, reports, and printed material. Most of the correspondence is with General Meade, Assistant Adjutant General Richard Drum, and the Bank of the Republic in New York. The letters by Ruger are drafts with numerous corrections and describe his attempts as Governor to carry out the orders of General Meade. There is a letter of parole from Jones on January 29, 1968 after his arrest and a letter from Jenkins on February 7, 1868 mentioning his possible arrest.
After leaving office on July 4, 1868, Ruger sent reports to Governor Bullock and Richard Drum detailing his time as Governor and the problems he encountered. There is also a report each from the Georgia Penitentiary and the Georgia School for the Deaf stating some needs and expenses.
The printed material includes a "Report of the Treasurer of the State of Georgia" (1866), "Constitution of the State of Georgia as passed by the Constitutional Convention" (1868), and order from headquarters of the Third Military District.
Collection is arranged in chronological order.
Thomas Howard Ruger papers, ms 3729. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA 30602.
Related collections in this repository: Alfred Howe Terry letter to General Ruger, ms 3728.