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Horace Maynard Letter

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Identifier: MS-2231

Horace Maynard begins this December 12, 1857 letter to W. G. Parson Brownlow with an outline of his reasons for serving in Congress, including his desire to get a just proportion of government funding for the people of East Tennessee. He goes on to discuss a new custom house for Knoxville, emphasizing the building's importance in building up the town and mentioning the location that he feels would be optimal for the structure (between Cumberland and Clinch Streets on the north and south, and Gay Street and Crooked Street east west).

Dates

  • 1857 December 12

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Extent

0.1 Linear Feet

Abstract

Horace Maynard begins this December 12, 1857 letter to W. G. Parson Brownlow with an outline of his reasons for serving in Congress, including his desire to get a just proportion of government funding for the people of East Tennessee. He goes on to discuss a new custom house for Knoxville, emphasizing the building's importance in building up the town and mentioning the location that he feels would be optimal for the structure (between Cumberland and Clinch Streets on the north and south, and Gay Street and Crooked Street east west).

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.

William Gannaway Parson Brownlow (1805-1877) was an influential East Tennessee minister, journalist, and governor. In 1838 he became owner/editor of an Elizabethton newspaper popularly known as Brownlow's Whig. His newspaper, which, on the eve of the Civil War, reached nearly eleven thousand subscribers across the nation, moved to Knoxville in 1849. The Parson was a prominent spokesperson for the Whig Party and a staunch defender of the Union. After Tennessee left the Union, Brownlow continued speaking out against the Confederacy. He was eventually jailed in Knoxville and later expelled from the Confederacy for his anti-secession editorials. After traveling on a speaking tour throughout the North, the Parson returned to Knoxville with the Union troops in the fall of 1863, continuing to rail against the Confederacy and secession. In March 1865, Tennessee Unionists chose Brownlow to succeed Andrew Johnson as governor of Tennessee. After two terms as Tennessee's Reconstruction-era governor, Brownlow, in 1869, was chosen to represent the state in the U. S. Senate. He served only one term before returning to Knoxville, where he died on April 28, 1877.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

Special Collections purchased this letter.

Related Archival Materials

Interested researchers may also wish to consult:

Missing Title

  1. MS.0415: Horace Maynard Papers, 1800-1998 (bulk 1828-1882)
  2. MS.0900: Horace Maynard Letters, 1861 December 17-1873 May 29
  3. MS.1662: Horace Maynard Letter, 1870 May 2
  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, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
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