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19th Century U. S. Representatives from Tennessee Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MS-2304
This collection contains letters of 19th century members of the House of Representatives from Tennessee. Although the letters do not pertain to politics (with the exception of the Walter P. Brownlow letter), they provide autographs of historical political figures.

Dates

  • 1825 December 27-1896 May 6

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 24 hours is needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains letters of 19th century members of the House of Representatives from Tennessee.

Biographical/Historical Note

Robert Allen was born in 1788. After fighting in the War of 1812, he served in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1819-27. He retired to Carthage, Tennessee, where he died, in 1844.

Luke Lea was born in North Carolina in 1783 and moved to Tennessee with his family. He served in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1833-37, and was then elected secretary of State in Tennessee (1837-39). He died in 1851 in Kansas, serving as an Indian Agent at Fort Leavenworth.

Cave Johnson was born in Tennessee in 1793. After multiple terms in the U. S. House of Representatives (1829-37, 1839-45), he was also the Postmaster General (1845-49) and president of the Bank of Tennessee (1854-60). He died in 1866.

Meredith P. Gentry was born in 1809. He served in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1839-63, and in the First and Second Confederate Congresses in 1862-3. He died in 1866.

Augustus H. Pettibone was born in Ohio in 1835. In addition to practicing law, he also fought in the Civil War. He was the Attorney General for the first judicial circuit in Tennessee (1869-70), a representative in the U. S. House of Representatives (1881-87), and a representative in the Tennessee House of Representatives (1896-98). He died in Nashville in 1918.

Walter P. Brownlow was born in 1851. He was a Representative from 1896 until the time of his death in 1910.

Arrangement

Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in March of 2004.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480