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Tennessee -- Politics and government.

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 41 Collections and/or Records:

Adam Huntsman Broadside

Identifier: MS-3632
Abstract This double-sided broadside is addressed to “the free and independent voters of Madison County,” and presents to them Huntsman’s positions on the upcoming constitutional convention so they can decide whether or not to elect him as their delegate. He offers suggestions for the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, then lists ideas for justices of the peace before he turns back to his own candidacy for convention delegate, promising to do his best and praising the state of...
Dates: 1834 February 1

Albert G. Welcker Bill and Letter

Identifier: MS-0068

This collection consists of a political letter and bill addressed to Albert G. Welcker.

Dates: 1857 May 23-June 1

Andrew J. Fletcher Political Circular

Identifier: MS-3635

Andrew J. Fletcher published this circular in order to refute accusations made by Mr. Bullen, his Republican opponent in the state senate race. Fletcher refutes the charges, turns several back on Bullen, and then adds additional ones.

Dates: 1857 July 7

Andrew Jackson Donelson Correspondence

Identifier: MS-3653

This collection consists of sixteen Andrew Jackson Donelson correspondences about plantation life, slavery, and politics in Tennessee.

Dates: 1851 May 30-1869 August 3

Andrew Johnson Letter

Identifier: MS-3798

Four page personal correspondence between Andrew Johnson and his son, Robert Johnson, dated February 7, 1859 from Washington City.

Dates: 1859 February 7

Boarding Bill for Eight Creek Indians

Identifier: MS-3682

William Maclin, Secretary of State for Tennessee, on May 24, 1799 issued a bill for the United States government concerning the boarding of eight Creek Indians for 33 1/2 cents each (including one gallon of whiskey) for two nights in Nashville, TN.

Dates: 1799 May 27

Bob Clement Oral History

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MPA-0348

The Bob Clement Oral History is a project conducted by University of Tennessee doctoral students Travis Hardy and Aaron Crawford.

The collection includes recordings and transcripts of oral interviews with former Congressman Bob Clement and his family members. Focus is on Clement's long and varied career in public service, from his father's time as Tennessee's governor to his own positions at the Tennessee Valley Authority and terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Dates: 2006

Bob Clement Papers

Identifier: MPA-0320

The papers of former US congressman Bob Clement (U.S. Representative for Tennessee’s 5th District, 1988-2003), who mounted a campaign to become Mayor of Nashville in 2007, but ultimately lost in a runoff to Karl Dean. While the collection includes material from both his congressional career and his mayoral campaign, the bulk of the material comes from the mayoral campaign.

Dates: 1993-2007; Majority of material found within 2006 - 2007

Carte de Visite Depicting William G. Brownlow

Identifier: MS-1790

This carte de visite is a commercial reproduction of a portrait of W. G. Brownlow.

Dates: circa 1860

Congressional Papers of Southern States

Identifier: MPA-0306
Abstract This collection contains a variety of papers written by or about various political figures from 1813 to 1929 with the bulk of the material from 1868 through 1877 and 1892. While most of the political figures are from Tennessee, many others are from states including Kentucky, Ohio, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, and Virginia. The name of the collection is derived from the fact that the large majority of the documents are from politicians representing southern states, but some states...
Dates: 1813 - 1929

David Burford Papers

Identifier: MS-1027

This collection documents David Burford's political and business activities between 1814 and 1864, including his service in the Tennessee State Senate (1829-1835) and his involvement in the slave trade.

Dates: 1814-1864

Don Sundquist Papers

Identifier: MPA.0325
Abstract Don Sundquist represented Tennessee’s seventh district in the United States House of Representatives for six terms (1982-1994) before serving as Governor of Tennessee from 1995 to 2003. As a congressman, Sundquist was a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, the House Republican Task Force on Ethics Reform and served as chairman of the House Republican Task Force on Trade. The largest part of this collection focuses on Sundquist’s work in the U.S. Congress, covering political,...
Dates: 1973-1998

F. B. Ragland Autobiography

Identifier: MS-1174

This collection includes F. B. Ragland's autobiography, written in 1891 for the benefit of his children and to whom the work is affectionately dedicated. In it, Ragland discusses his ancestry, his immediate family, his work as a farmer and businessman, his service in the Tennessee State Legislature, his memories of the Civil War (including the emancipation of enslaved peoples), and his activities in retirement.

Dates: 1891 April 1

F. S. Heiskell Papers

Identifier: MS-0875

This collection contains letters and papers of F. S. Heiskell, several discussing the construction of a railroad. Also among the letters is a detailed definition of what a copperhead is.

Dates: 1870-1888

Felix K. Zollicoffer Letter

Identifier: MS-1719
Abstract In this letter to Moses White, Felix Zollicoffer responds to rumors regarding Granville Searcy that Moses White mentioned in an earlier communication. According to these whisperings, Searcy is an unusually profane man, a whore-house bully, a notorious drunkard, has left an insane wife at home ... at the point of death, and attended a negro ball. Zollicoffer concedes that he has seen Searcy drink and heard him swear (although neither to excess), but denies the rest of the accusations, saying...
Dates: 1853 April 19

Frank G. Clement Addresses

Identifier: MPA-0314

This collection houses typscripts of 22 addresses given by Governor of Tennessee Frank Goad Clement between 1954 and 1958.

Dates: 1954-1958

Fred D. Thompson Papers

Identifier: MPA-0116

The Fred D. Thompson Papers (1993-2002) detail Thompson's career as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee from 1994-2002. Correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, audio and video tapes, and many other formats of materials document the complete workings of the Thompson administration, both in Washington and in his state offices throughout Tennessee. Some material on Thompson's two Senatorial campaigns (1994 and 1996) is also included.

Dates: 1993-2002

Hardin P. Shannon Letter to Harmon G. Lea

Identifier: MS-1347

This letter, to Harmon G. Lea, shares Hardin Shannon's concerns about the upcoming election for representative from Grainger County, Tennessee, and discusses Shannon' affiliation with the Whig Party. Shannon is particularly worried that Colonel Cleveland and Esquire Moore will manipulate the election to Shannon's detriment so that Cleveland will be elected.

Dates: 1845 June 3

Harold Ford, Jr. Papers

Identifier: MPA-0326

The papers of former United States Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. (born 1970). Ford served as Congressman from Tennessee's 9th District from 1997-2007 and ran an ultimately unsuccessful Senate race against Bob Corker in 2006. Although the collection contains some materials from Ford's father and congressional predecessor, Harold Ford, Sr. The bulk of materials are from Ford's own five terms and 2006 Senate campaign.

Dates: 1982 - 2006

Horace Maynard Papers

Identifier: MS-0415

This collection contains scrapbooks, speeches, correspondence, photographs, essays, eulogies, and a biography documenting the life and work of Tennessee statesman Horace Maynard. There are a few items of unknown origin, including a deed for 60 acres on the south side of the French Broad River to John Wright signed by Governor William Carroll and two certificates of sale for land in Ohio purchased by Mathew Heuston and signed by President James Madison.

Dates: 1800-1954; Majority of material found within 1828-1882