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Tennessee -- Politics and government.

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 30 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

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

Daniel Bond Letter to A. J. McWhirter

Identifier: MS-1928

Collection consists of a letter handwritten by Daniel Bond concerning the 1886 Tennessee gubernatorial election. Bond, a prominent West Tennesseean, states his support for East Tennessee's choice for governor, Robert Love Taylor. The letter was written to A. J. McWhirter, the Commissioner of Agriculture for Tennessee and friend of Taylor.

Dates: 1887 July 9

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

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,...
Dates: 1853 April 19

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's 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

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

James A. Rogers Papers

Identifier: MS-0738
Abstract The bulk of this collection houses legal documents, correspondence, plats, and other items documenting James A. Rogers' life and work. Among the subjects shown are rail and steamboat shipments in the 1850s and 1860s, land grants and sales (including land grants given in recognition of service in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War), transaction records of enslaved individuals from the 1840s to the 1860s, the Civil War (including the construction of Fort Pillar north of...
Dates: 1784 November 3-1974 December 27; Majority of material found within 1784 November 3-1897 December 10

James K. Polk Letter

Identifier: MS-0797

In this 1841 letter to David Burford, James Polk asks Burford to reconsider his decision to abandon his political aspirations and discusses the general political situation in Tennessee.

Dates: 1841 February 2

Joseph Buckner Killebrew Autobiography

Identifier: MS-1429

Agriculturalist J. B. Killebrew wrote this two-volume autobiography in 1896 and 1898. Volume one begins with an account of Killebrew's ancestry, describes his life from birth to the Atlanta Exposition (1881), and closes with an appendix containing more genealogical information. Volume two begins in 1882, chronicles Killebrew's life through 1897, and closes with an article from Harper's written by Martha M. Williams.

Dates: 1831-1898

O. P. Temple Papers

Identifier: MS-0021

The O. P. Temple Papers consist of correspondence, legal and financial files, writings, newspaper clippings, awards, gifts, and photographs documenting the life and work of Knoxville businessman and politician Oliver P. Temple.

Dates: 1822-1922

Oliver Perry Temple Letter (Transcription)

Identifier: MS-0798

This collection consists of a transcribed letter from Oliver Perry Temple to Dr. W. G. Brownlow. The letter concerns O.P. Temple reporting back to Dr. W. G. Brownlow about speeches given in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Montgomery, Alabama. The letter was transcribed in 1971.

Dates: 1860 August 1

Robert Houston Document

Identifier: MS-2237

This document was signed by Robert Houston, Tennessee's Secretary of State, on June 12, 1811 in Knoxville. It certifies that James L. Armstrong was commissioned as a justice of the peace for Rutherford County on April 22, 1809.

Dates: 1811 June 12