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Collection Number: 00687

Collection Title: Charles Manly Stedman Papers, 1916-1919.

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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 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 335 items)
Abstract Charles Manly Stedman represented the fifth North Carolina congressional district in the United States House, 1911-1930, and was the last Civil War veteran in Congress. The collection includes Stedman's correspondence with his constituents in Greensboro, N.C. and the surrounding North Carolina Piedmont, almost entirely in 1917, and a few personal letters. Most congressional correspondence involves government appointments and constituent military arrangements, with a few items dealing with Confederate veterans' affairs.
Creator Stedman, Charles Manly, 1841-1930.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
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 Charles Manly Stedman Papers, #687, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Claude Kitchin, prior to 1940.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1a.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Charles Manly Stedman (1841-1930) represented the Fifth North Carolina congressional district in the United States House, 1911-1930, and was the last Civil War veteran in Congress. Stedman was born in Pittsboro, N.C., the son of Nathan A. Stedman, a merchant, and Euphania White Stedman of Virginia. He was educated at an academy at Fayetteville, N.C., and at the University of North Carolina, from which he graduated in 1861. He enlisted in the Confederate Army and was present at the battle of Bethel, Va., in June 1861, and remained on active duty with the Army of Northern Virginia until the end of the war, rising to be major of the 44th North Carolina Regiment, and being wounded three times.

After the war Stedman taught school for a while and then studied law, which he later practiced in Wilmington, Asheville, and Greensboro, N.C. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention, 1880; lieutenant-governor of North Carolina, 1885-1889; and an unsucessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor in 1888 and 1904. He was a member of the United States House of Representatives for the district around Greensboro from 1911 until his death in 1930. He was a member of the House committee on foreign affairs; a trustee of the University of North Carolina, 1899-1915; president of the North Carolina Railroad, 1909-1910; and a director of the Guilford Battleground Park, which he was instrumental in promoting, 1898-1917. He married Katherine DeRosset Wright of Wilmington, N.C.

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The collection includes Charles Manly Stedman's correspondence with his constituents in Greensboro, N.C. and the surrounding North Carolina Piedmont, almost entirely in 1917, and a few personal letters. Most congressional correspondence involves government appointments and constituent military arrangements, with a few items dealing with Confederate veterans' affairs and on the Guilford Battleground National Park. Among the correspondents are Lilian Shepherd, L. D. Robinson, Cole Blease, Furnifold M. Simmons, and Julian S. Carr.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, May 2009

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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