James Monroe Smith papers

James Monroe Smith papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Smith, James Monroe, 1839-1915
Title: James Monroe Smith papers
Dates: 1895-19171
Quantity: 1.0 Linear feet (1 flat box)
Coll. Number: ms953

Biographical/Historical Note

James Monroe Smith was an Oglethorpe County, Georgia millionaire farmer and merchant.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of some business papers and legal records of James Monroe Smith. The papers are concened mostly with a lawsuit against Cowan, Usry & Co., of Worth County, Georgia, and a suit contesting the disposition of the estate of Smith, who died intestate. The business papers include statements, receipts, and ledger sheets regarding "hiring convicts." The legal papers include copies of injuctions, contracts, depositions, petitions and promisory notes. The letters to and from lawyers refer to a case heard before the state court of appeals after Smith's death.


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Business records--Georgia.
Business records.
Employee selection--Georgia--Oglethorpe County.
Estate records.
Inheritance and succession--Georgia--Oglethorpe County.
Ledgers (account books)
Legal documents--Georgia--Oglethorpe County.
Receipts (financial records)
Smith, James Monroe, 1839-1915 -- Estate

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James Monroe Smith papers, ms953, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

OS BoxFolder
11Papers, 1890-1895
2Papers, 1896-1897
3Papers, 1902-1915
4Papers, 1916-1917
5 Invention of Cotton Gin from The Story of Georgia by Walter Cooper (photocopy)
6Photostat of Smithonia on Auction Block - Historic Oglethorpe Plantation from Athens Banner-Herald, May 4th, 1975