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Collection Number: 03345

Collection Title: Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924

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Size 6.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 5,230 items)
Abstract Thomas Settle Jr. (1831-1888) of Greensboro, N.C., was a North Carolina Supreme Court justice, 1868-1871; chair of the Republican National Convention, 1872; and United States district judge at Jacksonville, Fla., 1877-1888. Settle's son, Thomas Settle III (1865-1919), was a lawyer in Rockingham County and Guilford County, N.C.; state district solicitor, 1886-1893; and Republican United States representative, 1893-1897. The collection includes political, personal, legal, and business papers of Thomas Settle Jr. and his son, Thomas Settle III. Correspondence with many individuals concerns the establishment of the Republican Party in North Carolina during Reconstruction, and thereafter party organization, activities, patronage, conventions, factions, finances, and campaigns and elections in North Carolina and nationally; political issues in North Carolina, Florida, and the nation, mainly 1872-1897, including amendments to the North Carolina state constitution of 1876, charges of election fraud, election law reform, taxes, tariff, currency, banking regulations, prohibition, suffrage, state and national activities of the Populist Party; federal legislation, 1892-1897; and African Americans. Also included are papers concerning personal business, finances, lands, and legal cases. Judge Settle's Florida letters concern both his interest in North Carolina politics and cases he tried in northern Florida involving railroads, shipping, and homestead entries. The papers of Thomas Settle III date from 1884 to 1897. Also included are four political scrapbooks, 1866-1912, and clippings and scattered papers relating to the political activities of Mary Settle (Mrs. B.C.) Sharpe, 1902-1904. The Addition of February 2012 is a bound volume with manuscript notes attributed to Judge Thomas Settle. The notes relate to five political speeches delivered by Settle in support of post-Civil War Reconstruction and civil rights during his 1876 North Carolina gubernatorial campaign as Republican candidate. Settle's notes document Reconstruction politics and mention the Ku Klux Klan, African Americans, and anti-Union Democrats.
Creator Settle, Thomas, 1831-1888.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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No usage restrictions.
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 Thomas Settle Papers, #3345, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received 1958; and purchased from Ian Brabner, Bookseller of Wilmington, Del., in February 2012 (Acc. 101559)
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
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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Thomas Settle Jr. (1831-1888) of Greensboro, N.C., was a North Carolina Supreme Court justice, 1868-1871; chair of the Republican National Convention, 1872; and United States district judge at Jacksonville, Fla., 1877-1888. His son, Thomas Settle III (1865-1919), was a lawyer in Rockingham and Guilford counties, N.C.; state district solicitor, 1886-1893; and Republican United States representative, 1893-1897.

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The collection includes political, personal, legal, and business papers of Thomas Settle Jr. and his son, Thomas Settle III. Correspondence with many individuals concerns the establishment of the Republican Party in North Carolina during Reconstruction, and thereafter party organization, activities, patronage, conventions, factions, finances, and campaigns and elections in North Carolina and nationally; political issues in North Carolina, Florida, and the nation, mainly 1872-1897, including amendments to the North Carolina state constitution of 1876, charges of election fraud, election law reform, taxes, tariff, currency, banking regulations, prohibition, suffrage, state and national activities of the Populist Party; federal legislation, 1892-1897; and African Americans. Also included are papers concerning personal business, finances, lands, and legal cases. Judge Settle's Florida letters concern both his interest in North Carolina politics and cases he tried in northern Florida involving railroads, shipping, and homestead entries. The papers of Thomas Settle III date from 1884 to 1897. Also included are four political scrapbooks, 1866-1912, and clippings and scattered papers relating to the political activities of Mary Settle (Mrs. B.C.) Sharpe, 1902-1904.

The Addition of February 2012 is a bound volume with manuscript notes attributed to Judge Thomas Settle. The notes relate to five political speeches delivered by Settle in support of post-Civil War Reconstruction and civil rights during his 1876 North Carolina gubernatorial campaign as Republican candidate. Settle's notes document Reconstruction politics and mention the Ku Klux Klan, African Americans, and anti-Union Democrats.

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Contents list

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Correspondence, 1850-1860, is primarily letters to Thomas Settle from other young North Carolinians, relating chiefly to state and sectional politics, party machinery and campaigns, personal ambitions and careers, and matters before the legislature. Papers, 1861-1864, include scattered items related to Settle's service in the Confederate Army and correspondence concerning the calling of a state convention to protest actions of the Confederate Government and to protect the interests of the people of North Carolina. Between 1865 and 1871, Settle's correspondence relates to the establishment of the Republican Party in North Carolina; alignment of political allies; patronage; efforts to get representatives to the U. S. Congress accredited; politcal rallies and activities; control of the University of North Carolina; U. S. loyalty oaths; claims for property damage against the U. S. government by loyal citizens; homestead act; corruption in legislature; events in district court; personal business in regard to finances, lands, and legal practice; and comments on public matters and mention of family and religious matters. Settle was a member of the state senate in 1865 and became an associate justice of the North Carolina supreme court in 1868. Correspondence, 1872-1876, relates almost entirely to political matters, and letters often requested favors and appointments. In January 1877 Settle was appointed as U. S. District Judge for Northern Florida, and served in this position until December 1888. Correspondence during this period was concerned with National Party matters, patronage, his personal influence, and with cases in the Northern Florida district court, especially cases relating to railroads, shipping, and homestead entry. Papers documenting the period from 1890 to 1898 are almost entirely letters received by Thomas Settle III during the period when he was solicitor for the 9th judicial district of North Carolina, was a Republican member of Congress (1893-1897), a practicing attorney in Rockingham and Guilford counties, and a campaigner and leader in the Republican Party at the state and regional levels. These letters relate to party organization and work, requests for political patronage, and political issues of the time. Scattered personal and family letters, as well as letters about court cases, are also present.

Folder 1

Biographical sketches #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 1

1784, 1850-1854 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 1

Folder 2

1855-1859 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 2

Folder 3

1860-1866 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 3

Folder 4

1867-1869 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 4

Folder 5

1870-1871 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 5

Folder 6-7

Folder 6

Folder 7

1872 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 6-7

Folder 8-10

Folder 8

Folder 9

Folder 10

1873 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 8-10

Folder 11-12

Folder 11

Folder 12

1874 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 11-12

Folder 13-14

Folder 13

Folder 14

1875 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 13-14

Folder 15-17

Folder 15

Folder 16

Folder 17

1876 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 15-17

Folder 18-25

Folder 18

Folder 19

Folder 20

Folder 21

Folder 22

Folder 23

Folder 24

Folder 25

1877 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 18-25

Folder 26-28

Folder 26

Folder 27

Folder 28

1878 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 26-28

Folder 29-31

Folder 29

Folder 30

Folder 31

1879 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 29-31

Folder 32-33

Folder 32

Folder 33

1880 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 32-33

Folder 34-36

Folder 34

Folder 35

Folder 36

1881 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 34-36

Folder 37

1882-1883 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 37

Folder 38-39

Folder 38

Folder 39

1884 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 38-39

Folder 40-41

Folder 40

Folder 41

1885 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 40-41

Folder 42-43

Folder 42

Folder 43

1886 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 42-43

Folder 44

1887 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45-47

Folder 45

Folder 46

Folder 47

1888-1889 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 45-47

Folder 48-50

Folder 48

Folder 49

Folder 50

1890 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 48-50

Folder 51-52

Folder 51

Folder 52

1891 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 51-52

Folder 53-54

Folder 53

Folder 54

January-June 1892 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 53-54

Folder 55

July 1892 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

August 1892 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 56

Folder 57

September 1892 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

October 1892 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59-60

Folder 59

Folder 60

November 1892 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 59-60

Folder 61-62

Folder 61

Folder 62

December 1892 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 61-62

Folder 63-64

Folder 63

Folder 64

January 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 63-64

Folder 65-66

Folder 65

Folder 66

February 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 65-66

Folder 67

March 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

April 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 68

Folder 69

May 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 69

Folder 70

June 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 70

Folder 71

July 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 71

Folder 72-74

Folder 72

Folder 73

Folder 74

August 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 72-74

Folder 75-77

Folder 75

Folder 76

Folder 77

September 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 75-77

Folder 78-80

Folder 78

Folder 79

Folder 80

October 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 78-80

Folder 81

November 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 81

Folder 82

December 1893 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 82

Folder 83-87

Folder 83

Folder 84

Folder 85

Folder 86

Folder 87

January 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 83-87

Folder 88-89

Folder 88

Folder 89

February 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 88-89

Folder 90-91

Folder 90

Folder 91

March 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 90-91

Folder 92-94

Folder 92

Folder 93

Folder 94

April 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 92-94

Folder 95-97

Folder 95

Folder 96

Folder 97

May 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 95-97

Folder 98-99

Folder 98

Folder 99

June 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 98-99

Folder 100-101

Folder 100

Folder 101

July 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 100-101

Folder 102-103

Folder 102

Folder 103

August 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 102-103

Folder 104-106

Folder 104

Folder 105

Folder 106

September 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 104-106

Folder 107-109

Folder 107

Folder 108

Folder 109

October 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 107-109

Folder 110-112

Folder 110

Folder 111

Folder 112

November 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 110-112

Folder 113-114

Folder 113

Folder 114

December 1894 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 113-114

Folder 115-116

Folder 115

Folder 116

January 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 115-116

Folder 117

February 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 117

Folder 118

March-April 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 118

Folder 119

May-July 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 119

Folder 120

August 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 120

Folder 121

September 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 121

Folder 122-123

Folder 122

Folder 123

October 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 122-123

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Folder 125

November 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 124-125

Folder 126-128

Folder 126

Folder 127

Folder 128

December 1895 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 126-128

Folder 129-133

Folder 129

Folder 130

Folder 131

Folder 132

Folder 133

January 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 129-133

Folder 134-137

Folder 134

Folder 135

Folder 136

Folder 137

February 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 134-137

Folder 138-142

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Folder 139

Folder 140

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Folder 142

March 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 138-142

Folder 143-146

Folder 143

Folder 144

Folder 145

Folder 146

April 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 143-146

Folder 147-148

Folder 147

Folder 148

May 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 147-148

Folder 149

June 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 149

Folder 150-151

Folder 150

Folder 151

July 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 150-151

Folder 152-153

Folder 152

Folder 153

August 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 152-153

Folder 154

September 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 154

Folder 155

October 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 155

Folder 156

November 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 156

Folder 157-158

Folder 157

Folder 158

December 1896 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 157-158

Folder 159-166

Folder 159

Folder 160

Folder 161

Folder 162

Folder 163

Folder 164

Folder 165

Folder 166

1897 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 159-166

Folder 166

1898 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 166

Folder 167

1902-1924 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 167

Folder 168

Undated #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 168

Folder 169

Clippings, campaign literature, and broadsides #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 169

Folder 170

Volume 1: Political scrapbook, 1866-1874 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 170

Contains clippings about national and North Carolina politics, also broadsides and pamphlets, printed items, voting summaries, and Congressional speeches.

Folder 171

Volume 2: Notebook, Thomas Settle, 1875 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 171

Folder 172

Volume 3: Political records and scrapbook, 1886-1912 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 172

Contains pamphlets; leaflets; cliippings; ballots; and political records, including tables, charts, lists relating to votes and political committees and chairpeople.

Folder 173

Volume 4: Scrapbook, 1888 #03345, Series: "Thomas Settle Papers, 1784, 1850-1924 and undated." Folder 173

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The Addition of February 2012 is a bound volume with manuscript notes attributed to Judge Thomas Settle. The notes relate to five political speeches delivered by Settle in support of post-Civil War Reconstruction and civil rights during his 1876 North Carolina gubernatorial campaign as Republican candidate. Settle's notes document Reconstruction politics and mention the Ku Klux Klan, African Americans, and anti-Union Democrats. The notes are laid out as individual entries, presenting the talking points for the speeches delivered by Settle while running against Democratic opponent, Governor Zebulon B. Vance. Consisting of about 16 pages of pencil manuscript, the notes are primarily written on pages at the beginning, middle, and end of a volume containing legislative documents from the North Carolina General Assembly sessions of 1865 and 1866.

Folder 174

Thomas Settle manuscript notes: North Carolina gubernatorial campaign, 1876 #03345, Series: "Addition of February 2012: Notes for North Carolina Gubernatorial Campaign, 1876." Folder 174

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, March 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.

Finding aid updated in June 2012 by Armando Suarez because of addition.

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