|Title:||William Montague Browne papers|
|Quantity:||0.4 Linear feet (1 document box)|
|Abstract:||Includes an original 1870 diary and catalog of Browne's library, as well as photostatic copies of letters addressed to Browne, manuscripts and clippings. Letters cover mainly family matters such as births, weddings, and obituaries, and notable writers include Howell and John A. Cobb. Donation was facilitated by E.M. Coulter who wrote a biography of Browne.|
Born in County Mayo, Ireland, in 1832, William Montague Browne moved to the United States in 1852 to become an editor of the New York Journal of Commerce. In 1859 he moved to Washington where he edited and finally owned the Washington Constitution. While living there he became an ardent champion of the Southern cause and when Georgia seceded he moved South. During the Civil War he served in several capacities - Director of Conscription in Georgia, aide-de-camp to Davis, brigadier general - and was one of those who took part in the defense of Savannah. After the war, Browne moved to Athens, Georgia, where he edited the Southern Banner for a short time, studied law and was admitted to the Georgia bar, and tried farming on a plantation in Oglethorpe County. Later he founded and edited the Southern Farm and Home and became Secretary of the Carolina Life Insurance Co., of which Jefferson Davis was President. After the failure of this company, Browne returned to Athens and was elected the first Professor of History and Political Science at the University of Georgia. (Biography by E. Merton Coulter)
William M. Browne papers, MS 636. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library. University of Georgia Libraries.
Gift of Sir Robert C.G. Ricketts, Forwood House, Minchinhampton Stroud, Gloschestershire, England, via Dr. E.M. Coulter in November 1970, and April and June 1972.