Junius Hillyer memoir

Junius Hillyer memoir

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Hillyer, Junius, 1807-1886
Creator: Martin, Peter Wellborn
Creator: Martin, William Dickerson
Title: Junius Hillyer memoir
Dates: 1874-1990
Quantity: 0.2 Linear feet (3 items in 1 half box)
Coll. Number: ms76a

Biographical/Historical Note

"[Junius Hillyer was] a Representative from Georgia; born in Wilkes County, Ga., April 23, 1807; was graduated from the University of Georgia at Athens in 1828; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Athens; elected solicitor general for the western district of Georgia in 1834; circuit judge 1841-1845; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-second Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Thirty-third Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1855); chairman, Committee on Private Land Claims (Thirty-third Congress); Solicitor of the United States Treasury from December 1, 1857, to February 13, 1861, when he resigned; died in Decatur, Ga., June 21, 1886; interment in Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Ga."

-- "Hillyer, Junius" from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000625 (Accessed October 2, 2009)

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of the two original diaries begun by Hillyer in 1874 and several copies of letters and articles relating to the publishing of the memoir. The memoir describes life on the family plantation, slavery, the family's move to Athens, Georgia in 1821, Junius' attendance at grammar school, and descriptions of activities at Franklin College (University of Georgia). Also included is information concerning a memorial dedication in 1988 at the site of the Freeman-Hillyer homeplace in Broad River Valley, Wilkes County, Georgia. Some family history, maps, and copies of letters from Wiliam Dickerson and Peter Wellborn Martin are also included.

Index Terms

Athens (Ga.)
Hillyer, Junius, 1807-1886 -- Diaries
Hillyer, Junius, 1807-1886 -- Family
Hillyer, Junius, 1807-1886 -- Life and times of Judge Junius Hillyer
Legislators--United States--Diaries.
Martin, Peter Wellborn -- Correspondence
Martin, William Dickerson -- Correspondence
Plantations--Georgia--Wilkes County.
United States. Dept. of the Treasury. -- Officials and employees--Diaries

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Junius Hillyer memoir, MS 76A. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Family history and maps
2Memorial dedication, 1988
3Original diaries
4Publishing of memoir