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John Rhea Letter to James Shields

 Collection
Identifier: MS-1265

This collection consists of one handwritten letter from John Rhea to James Shields in Greeneville, Tennessee circa December 1812. In his letter, Rhea updates Shields on issues related to the War of 1812.

Dates

  • circa 1812 December

Language

The material in this collection is in English.

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 (1 folder)

Abstract

This collection consists of one handwritten letter from John Rhea to James Shields in Greeneville, Tennessee circa December 1812. In his letter, Rhea updates Shields on issues related to the War of 1812.

Biographical/Historical Note

James Shields was born on November 8, 1757 to William (1728-1797) and Jane Bentley Williams Shields (1736-1828). He married Jane Montgomery, widow of his brother Samuel Shields and mother to his two nephews and niece. Following Jane's death in 1837, Shields married Jane Gilliland (1764-1849) and together they had eleven children. Shields died in 1840 and was survived by his wife and an undetermined number of children.

John Rhea was born in 1753 in Ireland before immigrating to Pennsylvania at 16. He moved to East Tennessee in 1778 and attended Princeton College and served in the Patriot militia. He worked as a clerk for Sullivan County in what was the proposed State of Franklin from 1785 to 1790. He served as a member to the North Carolina House of Commons and as a delegate to the convention for the ratification for the Federal Constitution. Rhea was admitted to the bar in 1789 and became the Attorney General for Greene County while serving as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives. He served in Congress from 1803 to 1815 and again in 1817 to 1823 after being appointed U.S. commissioner to the Choctaw Nation. Rhea County, Tennessee was named in his honor. He died on May 27, 1832 and had no known wife or children.

Arrangement

This collection consists of one folder.

Acquisition Note

This material was purchased by Special Collections in 1986.

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
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