Alexander H. Stephens family papers

Alexander H. Stephens family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883
Creator: Stephens, John Alexander
Title: Alexander H. Stephens family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1854-1883
Dates: 1839-1944
Quantity: 4.5 Linear feet (7 boxes)
Coll. Number: ms3823

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883) was born near Crawfordville (Ga.) to Margaret Grier and Andrew Baskins Stephens. 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 Lindsay 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.). Linton Stephens was the half-brother of Alexander H. Stephens.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of correspondence, writings, printed material, photographs, financial papers, and scrapbooks. The correspondence is divided into family and business with family letters mainly among Alexander H. Stephens, John A. Stephens and Linton Stephens. They discuss family matters, politics and legal cases. Business correspondence includes letters from Herschel Johnson (1872), Howell Cobb (1857), Joseph E. Brown (1864, 1882), and Joseph H. Lumpkin (1845). There are also items relating to John Stephens' imprisonment at Johnson Island (OH) during the Civil War. A May 8, 1861 letter lists the members of the Stephens Rifles, and a folder of 1851 correspondence concerns a possible duel between Thomas W. Thomas and James M. Smythe. In the writings are typed versions of a biographical sketch of Alexander H. Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens. Printed material includes two copies of this sketch and several speeches of Alexander H. Stephens. 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.


Arranged by subject

Index Terms

Farm management--Georgia.
Johnson Island Prison.
Stephens family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Alexander H. Stephens family papers, ms 3823, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Correspondence

11Family, 1854-1868
2Family, 1869
3Family, 1870
4Family, 1871
5Family, 1872
6Family, 1873
7Family, 1874 January-June
8Family, 1874 July-December
9Family, 1875 January-April
10Family, 1875 May-December
11Family, 1876-1878
12Family, 1879-1882
13Family, undated
51William Wingfield Simpson, 1861-1883
2Business, 1839-1844
3Business, 1845-1847
4Business, 1850-1856
5Business, 1857-1859
6Business re: proposed duel between Thomas W. Thomas and James M. Smythe, 1851
7Business, 1860
8Business, 1861
9Business, 1862
10Business, 1863
61Business, 1864
2Business, 1865-1866
3Business, 1867-1869
4Business, 1872-1873
5Business, 1874-1879
6Business, 1880-1884
7Business, 1906-1944
8Business re: publication of sketch of Alexander H. Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens, 1939-1940
9Business, undated
10Business empty envelopes, 1858-1864, undated

2. Writings

211851-1871, undated
2Letters to the editor by Alexander W. Stephens, 1905-1906
3Sketches of Alexander H. Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens - typed versions
4Law Library of Linton Stephens - typed list
5Report of latter part of speech by Alexander H. Stephens at Dalton, 1860
6Re: Margaret Grier Stephens and Matilda Lindsay Stephens
7"The Can-Non" by Dr. Phil Garlick [?]
8Arguement by J. A. Stewart in opposition to state sovereignty doctrine, 1868
9Medical reports - re: daily condition of Alexander H. Stephens, 1876 March 14-May 24

3. Printed Materials

71re: Alexander H. Stephens
2Speech - "On the President's message... concerning Texas and New Mexico", 1850 August 9
3Speech - "...bill to prevent frauds upon the Treasury of the United States", 1853 January 13
4Speech - delivered before the Georgia Legislature, 1864 March 16
5"Study of the Law" by Alexander H. Stephens letter to a class of Liberty Hall law students, 1871 May 17
6"Address of the Hon Alexander H. Stephens before the Literary Societies of the University of Georgia", 1873 August 4
7"Address on Alexander H. Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens", 1928 February 11
8"Sketch of Alexander H. Stephens" by Alexander W. Stephens, 1940
9"Alexander H. Stephens" by Henry D. Capers, 1908 May 12
10Catalog of literary books belonging to Alexander H. Stephens
11Program - unveiling the statue of Alexander H. Stephens in Washington, D.C., 1927 December 8
12"Address delivered by John A. Stephens... before the O. M. Mitchell Post, G.A.R.", 1886 February 26
13"Reminiscences of an old Georgia Lawyer" by Garnett Andrews, 1870
14World atlas (some pages missing) with drawings and writings by Linton Stephens
15Clippings, 1859-1883
16Miscellaneous items

4. Photographs

717Alexander W. Stephens, House - 149 W. Peachtree

5. Financial and Legal

210Deed, Receipts, Contract, 1806-1877
10Contract between Alexander H. Stephens and Archibald Speights
11Plantation account book - William Wingfield Simpson-owner, S. R. Oliphant-manager, Hancock County (Ga.), 1861-1869
12John A. Stephens, Assistant Assessor's Pocket Record, 1865
12John A. Stephen's docket, 1870

6. Scrapbooks

31Alexander H. Stephens, 1873-1874
2Alexander H. Stephens, 1880-1881
3Alexander H. Stephens, 1881-1883
41Alexander H. Stephens, 1881-1882
2Alexander H. Stephens, 1861-1870