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Collection Number: 03727-z

Collection Title: Samuel H. Hempstead Letters, 1836-1837.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 6 items
Abstract Samuel H. Hempstead (1814-1862), native of Connecticut, moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 1836 and was clerk of the Arkansas House of Representatives, 1836-1838; adjutant general of militia under Governor Yell; prosecuting attorney, 1842; United States district attorney, 1856; solicitor general of Arkansas, 1858; and sometime special judge of the state supreme court. The collection includes six long letters, 1836-1837, from Samuel H. Hempstead in Little Rock, Ark., to his uncle, William Hempstead, a St. Louis merchant, describing his situation and prospects as a beginning lawyer, and the atmosphere and politics of the new state of Arkansas.
Creator Hempstead, Samuel H.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Samuel H. Hempstead Letters, #3727-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Purchased from Robert K. Black, dealer, of Upper Montclair, N.J., February 1966.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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Samuel H. Hempstead (1814-1862) was a son of Joseph and Celinda Hutchinson Hempstead and was a nephew of William Hempstead, a St. Louis, Mo., merchant. Hempstead was born in New London, Conn., and moved to St. Louis, Mo. with his father in 1828. In 1830 Samuel and his brother Stephen Hempstead (1812-1883) went to Galena, Ill., where their uncle Charles S. Hempstead was a lawyer, and they clerked in a general store there. Both boys were for a time students at Illinois College at Jacksonville. Stephen fought in the Black Hawk War, settled at Dubuque, Iowa, in 1836, and was governor of Iowa, 1850-1854.

Samuel H. Hempstead studied law under Edward Bates; moved to Little Rock, Ark., in 1836; was clerk of the Arkansas House of Representatives, 1836-1838; adjutant general of militia under Governor Yell; prosecuting attorney, 1842; United States district attorney, 1856; solicitor general of Arkansas, 1858; and was sometime special judge of the state supreme court. He wrote the Reports of Cases argued in Arkansas Territorial and State Federal Courts 1820-1836 (1856), compiled swampland laws, and was prominent in real estate bank cases. He married Elizabeth A. Beall in 1841.

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The collection includes six long letters from Samuel H. Hempstead in Little Rock, Ark., to his uncle, William Hempstead describing his situation and prospects as a beginning lawyer, and the atmosphere and politics of the new state of Arkansas.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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