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Peter Staub Letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0236

This collection contains a letter written to then Mayor Peter Staub of Knoxville, Tennessee, by a group of Knoxville citizens on May 20, 1875. The letter concerns their dissatisfaction with a new hog law in which hogs must be penned up. Staub is accused of only supporting the rich in his capacity as mayor and not looking out for the interest of the poor. In the letter, the authors threaten to burn down Staub’s home and anyone inside should the law be enforced. The post-script notes that the letter was written so that Staub may be aware of himself and his actions.

Dates

  • 1875 May 20

Language

The language of the material is 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 Special Collections.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection contains a letter written to then Mayor Peter Staub of Knoxville, Tennessee, by a group of Knoxville citizens on May 20, 1875. The letter concerns their dissatisfaction with a new hog law in which hogs must be penned up. In the letter, the authors threaten to burn down Staub’s home and anyone inside should the law be enforced.

Biographical/Historical Note

Peter Staub was a Swiss native who settled in Knoxville in 1856. At the age of 29, he opened a tailoring shop. Fourteen years after arriving in Knoxville, the Swiss government appointed him consul for the state of Tennessee. He was elected mayor of Knoxville on two separate occasions, serving in 1875-1876 and again in 1881-1882. He proved a civic-minded leader who helped the city of Knoxville grow tremendously through projects such as expanding the fire department, organizing the public school system and improving the city water system. Staub died on May 18, 1904 from injuries he sustained in a carriage accident.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections by James D. Hoskins in 1939.

Related Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult MS.0979, Peter Staub Letter, 1875 August 26.

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
865-974-4480