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Cave Johnson Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0888

Two of these letters, both addressed to an unknown recipient, concern subscriptions to the Weekly Globe. The third (dated 1843) is addressed to John H. Caustine and concerns fees for dealing with spoliation claims.

Dates

  • 1832 June 17-1843 December 23

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are 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

Two of these letters, both addressed to an unknown recipient, concern subscriptions to the Weekly Globe. The third (dated 1843) is addressed to John H. Caustine and concerns fees for dealing with spoliation claims.

Biographical/Historical Note

Cave Johnson was born to Thomas and Mary (Noel) Johnson in Robertson County, Tennessee on January 11, 1793. He attended Cumberland College in Nashville, Tennessee, studied law, and was admitted to the Bar in 1814. He began practicing law in Clarksville, Tennessee and served as the Prosecuting Attorney of Montgomery County (1817) before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a Jacksonian in 1829. Johnson served in this capacity until 1837 and was reelected to the House as a Democrat in 1839. He continued in this position until 1845, when he was appointed Postmaster General of the United States. Johnson went on to serve as the Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit Court (1850 and 1851), as President of the Bank of Tennessee (1854-1860), and as the U.S. Commissioner in settling the affairs of the U.S. and the Paraguay Navigation Company (1860). During the Civil War, Johnson was a reluctant Confederate and surrendered Clarksville to Union forces on February 20, 1862. He received a presidential pardon and was elected to the State Senate in 1866. The prevailing Brownlow forces, however, refused to allow him to take his seat. Cave Johnson died in Clarksville on November 23, 1866 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased these letters in November of 1977.

Repository Details

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

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