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Collection Number: 01837

Collection Title: George Washington Jones Papers, 1835-1884

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 114 items)
Abstract George Washington Jones, a native of Tennessee, was Democratic state representative, 1835-1839, and state senator, 1839-1841; clerk of the Lincoln County Court, 1840-1843; United States representative, 1843-1859; Confederate congressman, 1862-1864; and member of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1870. The collection includes letters received by Jones from prominent politicians, chiefly in the 1840s and 1870s, including political correspondence, papers pertaining to Tennessee politics and national issues, and a few receipts and other financial documents. Aaron Venable Brown (1795-1859) was a frequent correspondent. Items of interest include an extract from a letter, 20 August 1859, from Howell Cobb of Georgia, opposing the re-opening of the slave trade and government interference in the expansion of slavery into the territories, and a series of letters, 1877-1878, concerning a speech by Jones presented at the unveiling of a statue of Andrew Johnson. There are no papers for the period 1850-1858 or pertaining to the Confederate Congress or the Tennessee state convention of 1870.
Creator Jones, George Washington, 1806-1884.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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 George Washington Jones Papers #1837, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Alternate Form of Material
Microfilm copy (filmed August 2004) available.
  • Reel 1: Folders 1-8
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. E. B. Moyers of Lewisburg, Tenn., in May 1951.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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George Washington Jones (1806-1884), a native of Tennessee, was a Democratic state representative, 1835-1839, and state senator, 1839-1841; clerk of the Lincoln County Court, 1840-1843; U.S. representative, 1843-1859; Confederate congressman, 1862-1864; and member of the Tennessee Constitutional Convention of 1870.

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The collection includes letters received by George Washington Jones from prominent politicians, chiefly in the 1840s and 1870s, including political correspondence, papers pertaining to Tennessee politics and national issues, and a few receipts and other financial documents. Aaron Venable Brown (1795-1859) was a frequent correspondent. Items of interest include an extract from a letter, 20 August 1859, from Howell Cobb of Georgia, opposing the re-opening of the slave trade and government interference in the expansion of slavery into the territories, and a series of letters, 1877-1878, concerning a speech by Jones presented at the unveiling of a statue of Andrew Johnson. There are no papers for the period 1850-1858 or pertaining to the Confederate Congress or the Tennessee state convention of 1870.

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Contents list

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114 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Letters received by George Washington Jones from prominent politicians, chiefly in the 1840s and 1870s, including political correspondence, papers pertaining to Tennessee  politics and national issues, and a few receipts and other financial documents. Aaron Venable Brown (1795-1859) was a frequent correspondent. Items of interest include an extract from a letter, 20 August 1859, from Howell Cobb of Georgia, opposing the re-opening of the slave trade and government interference in the expansion of slavery into the territories, and a series of letters, 1877-1878, concerning a speech by Jones presented at the unveiling of a statue of Andrew Johnson. There are no papers for the period 1850-1858 or pertaining to the Confederate Congress or the Tennessee state convention of 1870.

Included are letters from Augustus H. Garland, A. O. P. Nicholson (Alfred Osborn Pope Nicholson) (1808-1876), Martha Johnson Patterson, John C. Rogers, Wright Rives, and Edward Sherman. Also included is a list of books of G. W. Jones Esqr.

Folder 1

1835-1841 #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 1

Folder 2

1842-1844 #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 2

Folder 3

1847-1860 #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 3

Folder 4

1861-1869 #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 4

Folder 5

1870-1877 #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 5

Folder 6

1878-1882 #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 6

Folder 7

1883-1884 #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 7

Folder 8

Undated and fragment #01837, Series: "Papers, 1835-1884." Folder 8

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Processing Information

Processed by: Ellen R. Strong, April 1965

Encoded by: Linda Sellars, August 2004

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