|Creator:||Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883|
|Creator:||Stephens, John Alexander|
|Title:||Alexander H. Stephens family papers|
|Quantity:||4.5 Linear feet (7 boxes)|
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.
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.
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Alexander H. Stephens family papers, ms 3823, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.