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Horace Maynard Letters

Identifier: MS-0900

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This collection consists of six letters written by Horace Maynard between 1861 and 1873. The first, dated December 17, 1861 and addressed to D. S. Dickerman, discusses Dickerman's recent loss of contact with Tennessee. The second, dated January 2, 1863 and addressed to an unknown recipient, indicates that the recipient should speak with Return J. Meigs for further information. The third, dated December 8, 1866 and addressed to W. H. Jones, concerns bonds issued by the State of Tennessee. The fourth, dated March 31, 1870, discusses distribution of copies of a speech. The fifth, dated May 29, 1873 and addressed to Ross A. Wilson, has to do with fees for a court case. The sixth, dated May 2, 1870, responds to M. R. A. Meran's request for an autograph.


  • 1861 December 17-1873 May 29

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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection consists of six letters written by Horace Maynard between 1861 and 1873.

Biographical/Historical Note

Horace Maynard was born on August 30, 1814 in Westboro, Massachusetts. He graduated from Amherst College as valedictorian in the summer of 1838 and came to East Tennessee College (now the University of Tennessee, Knoxville) to teach in the fall. He was quickly promoted, first to teacher of Mathematics and Ancient and Modern Languages and later to Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres. In 1840, Maynard began writing a series of articles for the Knoxville Times under the pen name Zadock Jones. He also studied law; he was admitted to the Bar and commenced practicing in 1844.

Maynard also involved himself in politics. He served as presidential elector twice, first on the Whig ticket in 1852 and then on the Republican ticket in 1856. He was unsuccessful in his first bid for national office in 1853 but was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1857. He was re-elected twice and served until Tennessee seceded from the Union. He went on to serve as the Attorney General of Tennessee (1863-1865) and as a delegate to the Southern Loyalist Convention in Philadelphia (1866).

After Tennessee was readmitted to the Union, Maynard was once again elected to the U. S. House of Representatives. He served until 1875, but chose not to run for re-election in 1874 in order to campaign (unsuccessfully) for the governorship of Tennessee. President Ulysses S. Grant appointed him U. S. Ambassador to Turkey in 1875, and he remained at this post until May of 1880. President Rutherford B. Hayes appointed him Postmaster General in June of 1880 and he served until 1881.

Maynard married Laura Ann Washburn (1813-1896), daughter of Azel and Sally Skinner Washburn, in 1840. Together, Horace and Laura had seven children: Edward (1843-1868), Washburn (1844-1913), Eleanor (1846-1848), Ephraim Horace (1848-1850), Laura (1851-1852), James (1853-1926), and Anne Mary (Maynard) Kidder (1856-). Maynard died in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 3, 1882 and is buried in Old Gray Cemetery.


This collection consists of a single folder.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

  1. MS.0415: Horace Maynard Papers, 1800-1998 (bulk 1828-1882)
  2. MS.1662: Horace Maynard Letter, 1870 May 2
  3. MS.2231: Horace Maynard Letter, 1857 December 12
  4. MS.2359: Maynard Family Letters, 1841 March 27-1913 February 6
  5. MS.2245: Horace Maynard Letter, 1866 March 23
  6. MS.2253: Horace Maynard Letter, 1869 March 7
  7. MS.3000: Horace Maynard Photograph, undated

Repository Details

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

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA