|Creator:||Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883|
|Creator:||Stephens, John Alexander|
|Title:||Alexander H. Stephens family papers|
|Quantity:||3.0 Linear feet (4 boxes)|
Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883) was born near Crawfordville (Ga.) to Andrew Baskins Stephens and Margaret Grier. Liberty Hall in Crawfordville was his home. He was Vice President of the Confederacy during the Civil War, a United States Congressman, and died in office as Georgia Governor in 1883. John Alexander Stephens (1838-1887), nephew of Alexander H. Stephens, was a lawyer in Atlanta and son of John Lindsey Stephens. John Alexander Stephens was married to Mary Emma Simpson (1841?-1900), daughter of William Wingfield Simpson (1814-1887), owner of a plantation in Hancock County (Ga.).
The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, financial papers, and scrapbooks. Correspondence is largely family letters between Alexander H. Stephens and John A. Stephens in which they discuss family matters, politics, and legal cases. Business correspondence includes a letter from Herschel Johnson, and items relating to John’s imprisonment at Johnson Island (OH) during the Civil War. In the writings are typed versions of a biographical sketch of Alexander H. Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens. Printed material includes two copies of the sketch. The scrapbooks contain newspapers clippings about Alexander H. Stephens. Of special interest in the financial papers is a plantation account book of the Simpson plantation. In it are lists of slaves, a journal of daily farm work, printed rules for managing farms and slaves, and signed contracts with the freed slaves.
Alexander H. Stephens family papers, ms 3823, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.