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Collection Number: 00584

Collection Title: Richmond Mumford Pearson Papers, 1796-1877

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 372 items)
Abstract Richmond Mumford Pearson, who lived successively in Rowan, Davie, and Surry (later Yadkin) counties, N.C., was a lawyer, legislator, Superior and Supreme Court judge, chief justice of North Carolina, 1858-1878, a noted teacher of law, a unionist Whig, and, after the Civil War, a Republican. This small collection of Pearson's papers includes correspondence with physicians and others about the mental illness of his first wife; with his brothers, sisters, and children about family and plantation life; with his second wife, Mary (McDowell) Bynum Pearson; and with his son-in-law, Daniel Gould Fowle, lawyer of Raleigh, N.C., later governor of North Carolina. Also, scattered papers related to personal finances, property, and estate settlements, and a few items pertaining to judicial and political affairs, several of them during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Creator Pearson, Richmond Mumford, 1805-1878.
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 Richmond Mumford Pearson Papers #584, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Richmond M. Pearson, Marjorie Pearson, and the North Carolina Historical Society.
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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Richmond Mumford Pearson, who lived successively in Rowan, Davie, and Surry (later Yadkin) counties, N.C., was a lawyer; legislator; Superior and Supreme Court judge, chief justice of North Carolina, 1858-1878; noted teacher of law; unionist Whig; and, after the Civil War, Republican.

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Papers include correspondence with physicians and others about the mental illness of Richmond Mumford Pearson's first wife; with his brothers, sisters, and children about family and plantation life; with his second wife, Mary (McDowell) Bynum Pearson; and with his son-in-law, Daniel Gould Fowle, lawyer of Raleigh, N.C., later governor of North Carolina. Also included are scattered papers relating to personal finances, property, and estate settlements, and a few items pertaining to judicial and political affairs, several of them during the Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Suzanne Ruffing, February 1996

Encoded by: ByteManagers Inc., 2008

Updated by: Kathryn Michaelis, December 2009

This collection was processed with support from the Randleigh Foundation Trust.

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