Alexander H. Stephens family papers

Alexander H. Stephens family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883
Title: Alexander H. Stephens family papers
Dates: Bulk, 1837-1895
Dates: 1797-1977
Quantity: 1.75 Linear feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder and walking cane)
Coll. Number: ms3828

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883) was born near Crawfordville (Ga.) to Andrew Baskins Stephens (1782-1826) 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 married to Mary Emma Simpson, daughter of William Wingfield Simpson. Linton Stephens (1823-1872), half-brother of Alexander H. Stephens, was a lawyer and Georgia Legislator.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of biographical information, correspondence, writings, financial papers, printed material, photographs, and artifacts. Family letters are mainly among Alexander H. Stephens, his father Andrew Baskins Stephens, his brother Aaron Grier Stephens, his nephew John Alexander Stephens, and his half-brother Linton Stephens. The letters discuss family matters and politics. One group of letters concerns the imprisonment and parole of honor of Alexander H. Stephens at Fort Warren (Boston, Mass.) in 1865. Correspondence between Alexander H. Stephens and various political figures includes Howell Cobb, Abraham Lincoln, Ben Hill, and Robert Toombs. Stephens and Hill write about the possibility of a duel between them because of an argument over politics. There is one letter from Clement Anselm Evans (1833-1911) to his wife, and three letters to him from John Brown Gordon, Joseph Wheeler and James Longstreet. Among the financial papers are deeds, and the wills of Alexander H. Stephens and his grandfather Alexander Stephens (d. 1813). An oversize folder contains a copy of an undated map of Confederate and Federal lines around Petersburg, Virginia. Artifacts include a walking cane of Alexander H. Stephens, locks of his hair, and a bloodletting tool.

Index Terms

Fort Warren (Mass.)--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Legislators--United States.
Petersburg (Va.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Alexander H. Stephens family papers, ms 3828, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Biographical Information

11Alexander H. Stephens Attorney License (1834), Commissions as Senator (1866), 1834, 1866

2. Correspondence

12Family - From Andrew B. Stephens, 1806-1813
3Family - From Andrew B. Stephens, Alexander H. Stephens, A. G. Stephens, 1825-1839
4Family - From Linton H. Stephens, A. G. Stephens, Andrew W. Grier, Alexander H. Stephens, 1840-1846
5Family - From Linton H. Stephens, J. A. Stephens, Alexander H. Stephens, 1851-1857
6Family, 1860-1869
7Family - Alexander H. Stephens, John A. Stephens, Emma Cribbs (?), 1870-1878
8Family - From Alexander H. Stephens, John A. Stephens, 1880-1883
9Alexander H. Stephens A-Z, 1859-1883
10Alexander H. Stephens, Howell Cobb, and Mary Ann Cobb, 1863, 1874
11Alexander H. Stephens and Jefferson Davis invitations, 1861
12Alexander H. Stephens and John Brown Gordon, 1875
13Alexander H. Stephens and Horace Greeley, 1865
14Alexander H. Stepehens and Benjamin F. Hardeman re: Governor Gilmer's Will, 1866
15Alexander H. Stephens and Paul H. Hayne, 1872, 1877
16Alexander H. Stephens and Benjamin Harvey Hill, 1856, 1861
17Alexander H. Stephens and Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, 1861, 1877
18Alexander H. Stephens and Andrew Johnson, 1866
19Alexander H. Stephens and Herschel V. Johnson, 1874
20Alexander H. Stephens and Charles C. Jones, Jr., 1882
21Alexander H. Stephens and Abraham Lincoln (facsimiles), 1860
22Alexander H. Stephens and Henry W. Moran, 1863-1879
23Alexander H. Stephens and Jonathan Norcross, 1845
24Alexander H. Stephens re: Parole from imprisionment at Fort Warren (MA), 1865
25Alexander H. Stephens Petition from Floyd County Citizens for People's Candidate for Governor, 1882
26Alexander H. Stephens and James A. Seddon, 1864
27Alexander H. Stephens and William H. Seward, 1865
28Alexander H. Stephens and Josiah Tattnall, 1861
29Alexander H. Stephens, Robert Toombs, and Julia Toombs, 1837-1877
30Alexander H. Stephens and Daniel Webster, 1851
21To John Alexander Stephens, 1879-1885
Includes letters from Robert Toombs
2Linton Stephens, 1862-1869
Includes letters from Corpl John G. Eckman, E. W. Alfriend Surgeon, and others. Letters from Linton to Col. R. M. Johnston and Judge Reese.
3To Robert G. Stephens from Bill Stuckey enclosing Alexander H. Stephens calling card, 1977
4Clement Anselm Evans, 1865-1900
5William Wingfield Simpson family, 1861, 1876
Includes letter from J. N. Glenn and Alexander H. Stephens
6Empty Envelopes

3. Writings

27Editorial cartoon re: Alexander H. Stephens
8Memorials for Margaret Grier Stephens & Matilda Lindsay Stephens by Alexander W. Stephens
9By unknown authors
AHS memorial card, manuscript by Andrew B. Stephens re. Federal Constitution, writing on secession, account of political excitement of 1850 writen August 1850

4. Financial

210William Wingfield Simpson Family, 1835-1938
reciepts and invoices, includes financial information re. enslaved population
11Banking & receipts Alexander H. Stephens, 1858-1883
12Contract Betweeen Alvin J. Johnson & Alexadner H. Stephens re: Johnson's Cyclopedia, 1873
13Alexander W. Stephens, 1895-1944
14Andrew B. Stephens, 1811
15Deeds Cherokee County (Ga.), 1842-1895
16Deeds Fulton County (Ga.), 1890
17Deeds Haralson County (Ga.), 1843-1895
18Deeds Taliaferro County (Ga.), 1876
19Deeds Walker County (Ga.), 1843-1895
20Deeds Whitfield County (Ga.), 1839-1895
21Deeds Wilkes County (Ga.), 1797
22Estate Papers Alexander H. Stephens, 1882-1895
23Guardianship Papers Robert Grier Stephens, 1895
24Will of Alexander Stephens, 1813
25Will of Alexander H. Stephens, 1860

5. Printed Material

226Various Subjects
Includes calling cards, ticket to the counting of the vote for President (1877), clippings
27Alexander W. Stephens 1. Candidate for Fulter Superior Court Judge 2. Sketch of Alexander H. Stephens
28John A. Stephens Address Before the O. M. Mitchell Post G. A. R., 1886
29Confederate States of America Treasury Dept. Publications, 1861, 1863
30Harlequin Playing Cards
31Charles C. Jones, Jr. re: History of Georgia, 1882
32Hoke Smith "The the White Citizens of Georgia", undated
33University of Georgia, 1830, 1840
OS Folder
1Sketch of the Confederate and Federal Lines around Petersburg made under the direction of Col W. H. Stevens

6. Photographs

31Alexander H. Stephens
2Alexander H. Stephens House Liberty Hall (Crawfordville, Ga.)
3Alexander H. Stephens Funeral, 5 March 1883
4Linton Stephens, Dudley DuBose, Robert Toombs

7. Artifacts

4Locks of Hair - Alexander H. Stephens, 1833 March 4
"Pocketbook Belonging to Alexander H. Stephens When He Died"
Hankerchief - Alexander H. Stephens
Committee Pin and Ribbon - Alexander H. Stephens
Cloth Purse
Glass Paperweight
Glass Flask in Leater and Silver Case
Eyeglasses (2)
Baby Shoes
Silver Sugar Tongs
Silver Measuring Spoons
Silver Pan for Melting Sealing Wax
Bloodletting Instrument (fleam stick)
Metal Fork
Tree Bark
Rocks/Arrowheads (3)
1Cane, engraved "Oregon to Alexander H. Stephens", 1859 February 12