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Collection Number: 04553-z

Collection Title: M. Rutledge Rivers Papers (#4553-z) 1894-1939

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Size About 50 items (2 folders)
Abstract M. Rutledge Rivers (1868-1940), lawyer of Charleston, S.C., who served as attorney for various corporations and corporate counsel for the City of Charleston, 1918-1920. Rivers was also active in civic affairs, chairing the Port Utilities Commission in 1923 and serving on the South Carolina Board of Education and on the boards of trustees of both the College of Charleston and the Medical College of South Carolina. The collection includes correspondence relating to M. Rutledge Rivers's solicitation of support from political allies for his son, Buist Rivers, who was seeking the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee of the South Carolina legislature; a yearbook celebrating the centennial of the High School of Charleston, of which Rivers was then president of the board of trustees; a couple of miscellaneous items relating to the Masonic Lodge; a certificate of membership on the South Carolina State Board of Education; and a microfilm copy of a letterpress copybook, ca. 700 pages, containing business letters, 1 March 1894-28 October 1898. The letters relate to legal actions Rivers undertook on behalf of various clients. An index to correspondents is included in the front of the volume.
Creator Rivers, M. Rutledge (Moultrie Rutledge), 1868-1940.
Language English.
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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.
Provenance
Original letterpress copybook lent for microfilming by John M. Rivers, Jr., of Charleston, S.C., in December 1990, and returned to him in February 1991. Addition received from John M. Rivers in March 2001 (Acc. 98907).
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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Moultrie Rutledge Rivers was born in Mount Pleasant, S.C., on 13 May 1868, the son of Constant Henry and Mary Elizabeth Minott Rivers. He received an A.B. degree from the College of Charleston in 1890 and was admitted to the South Carolina bar in the same year. He married Eliza Ingraham Buist on 2 February 1893. The couple had five children: Mary Edwards (Mrs. Charles Webb), Moultrie Rutledge, George Lamb Buist, John Minott, and Arthur Lee.

After working with several other law firms, Rivers became a member of the Charleston firm of Hagood, Rivers & Young in 1913 and served as corporate counsel for the City of Charleston from 1918 to 1920. He was also a director of the South Carolina Power Company, the Atlantic National Bank of Charleston, and the Citizens and Southern Bank of South Carolina. He was a member of the Charleston Port Utilities Commission, serving as chair in 1923, and of the boards of trustees of the College of Charleston and the Medical College of South Carolina. He served as chair of the Board of Public School Commissioners and was a member of the South Carolina Board of Education.

Rivers was active in Democratic Party politics, serving as chair of the Democratic Executive Committee of the City of Charleston. He was an Episcopalian and a Mason, and co-authored a history of the St. Andrew's Society of Charleston, S.C., published in 1929.

(Source: Who Was Who in America, Volume I, 1968.)

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The collection includes correspondence relating to M. Rutledge Rivers's solicitation of support from political allies for his son, Buist Rivers, who was seeking the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee of the South Carolina legislature; a yearbook celebrating the centennial of the High School of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., of which Rivers was then president of the board of trustees; miscellaneous items relating to the Masons; a certificate of membership on the South Carolina State Board of Education; and a microfilm copy of a letterpress copybook, ca. 700 pages, containing business letters, 1 March 1894-28 October 1898. The letters relate to legal actions Rivers undertook on behalf of various clients. An index to correspondents is included in the front of the volume.

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About 25 items (2 folders).

Arrangement: chronological.

M. Rutledge Rivers (1868-1940), lawyer of Charleston, S.C., who served as attorney for various corporations and corporate counsel for the City of Charleston, 1918-1920. Rivers was also active in civic affairs, chairing the Port Utilities Commission in 1923 and serving on the South Carolina Board of Education and on the boards of trustees of both the College of Charleston and the Medical College of South Carolina. The collection includes correspondence relating to M. Rutledge Rivers's solicitation of support from political allies for his son, Buist Rivers, who was seeking the chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee of the South Carolina legislature; a yearbook celebrating the centennial of the High School of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., of which Rivers was then president of the board of trustees; miscellaneous items relating to the Masons; a certificate of membership on the South Carolina State Board of Education; and a microfilm copy of a letterpress copybook, ca. 700 pages, containing business letters, 1 March 1894-28 October 1898. The letters relate to legal actions Rivers undertook on behalf of various clients. An index to correspondents is included in the front of the volume.

M-4553/1: Microfilm of letterpress copybook. #04553-z, Series: "M. Rutledge Rivers Papers, 1894-1939and undated "

Folder 1

1926-1936; and undated #04553-z, Series: "M. Rutledge Rivers Papers, 1894-1939and undated " Folder 1

Folder 2

Centennial Yearbook of the High School of Charleston, 1839-1939 #04553-z, Series: "M. Rutledge Rivers Papers, 1894-1939and undated " Folder 2

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Items separated include oversize papers (OP-4553) and a reel of microfilm (M-4553).

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