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J. A. Blackburn Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0180

J. A. Blackburn wrote this letter to the editor of the Campaigner in July 1856. He encloses a letter from Charles L. Dawson, who has recently but painfully reversed his political history. According to Blackburn, Dawson now supports "that imbecile party [Democratic], so regardless of the welfare of our glorious Country, ... which ... has been the sole Cause of all the excitement and troubles of the present day." Blackburn holds that Dawson has changed his views in order to gain a seat in the next House of Delegates and closes his letter with a brief sketch of Dawson's career history.

Dates

  • 1856 July

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 oversize folder)

Abstract

J. A. Blackburn wrote this letter to the editor of the Campaigner in July 1856. He encloses a letter from Charles L. Dawson, who has recently but painfully reversed his political history. According to Blackburn, Dawson now supports "that imbecile party [Democratic], so regardless of the welfare of our glorious Country, ... which ... has been the sole Cause of all the excitement and troubles of the present day." Blackburn holds that Dawson has changed his views in order to gain a seat in the next House of Delegates and closes his letter with a brief sketch of Dawson's career history.

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles L. Dawson was born in Virginia on June 13, 1823. He married Sarah L. Haller (1825-1907) and the couple had five children: Charles Pinkney Pink (1846-1888), Ellen L. (Dawson) Phillips (ca. 1850-1886), Mary Margaret Mollie (Dawson) Allen (1852-1933), William LeRoy Will Dawson (1855-1926), and Edgar A. Dawson began his career as a tailor but later worked as a physician, as an editor, and as a minister in addition to making a brief foray into politics. The family moved to Arkansas before 1860, and Charles Dawson served as a Captain and Colonel in the 19th Arkansas Infantry (CSA) during the Civil War. The family later settled in Texas, where Dawson died on January 11, 1876.

No biographical information is available regarding J. A. Blackburn.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This letter was donated with the Samuel M. Arnell Papers in January of 1956.

Repository Details

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

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