|Creator:||Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883|
|Title:||Alexander H. Stephens family papers|
|Quantity:||1.75 Linear feet (4 boxes, 1 oversize folder and walking cane)|
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.
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.
Alexander H. Stephens family papers, ms 3828, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.