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Horace Maynard Letter

Identifier: MS-0996

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This collection features one handwritten letter from Horace Maynard dated May 10, 1878. The letter is written on stationery for the U. S. House of Representatives Committee of Ways and Means.


  • 1878 May 10



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0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection features one handwritten letter from Horace Maynard dated May 10, 1878.

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 biting articles for the Knoxville Times under the pen name Zadock Jones about the "ignorant masses" that he referred to as the common herd. He also studied law, and 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 died in Knoxville, Tennessee, on May 3, 1882 and is buried in Old Gray Cemetery.

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