Manuscript Resources on Politics

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Belmont, August, 1816-1890, Letter. 1863, Sept. 10. 1 item (2 leaves). Location: Mics.:B. German immigrant, financier, and diplomat of New York City, who was married to Caroline Slidell Perry in 1849. Letter written to Rhode Island governor William Sprague recommending the promotion of Captain William J. Slidell, giving an account of his war record, and commending him for resisting inducements to join the Confederacy under the patronage of his uncle. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1557.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Bennett, William T. and Family. Papers, 1845-1997, undated (bulk 1961-1982). 15 linear ft., 3 vols. Location: 92:11-18, 104:, OS:B. The professional and personal papers of Judge William T. Bennett and the Bennett family from Clinton, Louisiana in East Feliciana Parish. The collection includes correspondence, election records, legal documents, military papers, etc. from Judge Bennett’s professional papers. Family papers include correspondence, club and organizational records, photographs, manuscript volumes, financial documents, and printed items. Also included are records for the family’s ancestral home, The Brame-Bennett House, and materials related to the family’s legal fight to prevent the widening of Highway 67 in Clinton. Mss. 4657.     

Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858. Letter, 1851 Sept. 30. 1 item (1 page). U.S. senator from Missouri. Letter comments on the political implications of the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Levi Woodbury (1789-1851), a likely Democratic presidential candidate, and mentions other possible Democratic candidates. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2574.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Bibb, William Wyatt, 1780-1820. Letter, 1812 Apr. 8. 1 item. U.S. representative and senator from Georgia. Letter from Washington, D.C. to Levin Wailes, Louisiana, discusses the U.S. diplomatic crisis with Britain, the embargo, and preparations for war declaration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2946.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Bills, John H. and family. Papers, 1825-1880 (bulk 1855-1861). 103 items. Location: A:17. Postmaster, merchant, and major of Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee, who also owned a plantation on Bayou Bartholomew, Louisiana. Bills was the father-in-law of Tennessee and Louisiana legislator Horace M. Polk. Personal and business letters discuss lands in Arkansas, dealings with factors, cotton trade, national and Louisiana state politics, the Democratic Party, the Civil War Battle of Shiloh, and slave customs and behavior. Correspondents include Daniel Graham, James Walker, and Horace M. Polk. Additional items consist of statements of accounts, receipts, and bills of lading. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2075.

Binning, Wayne. Collection, 1830-1896. 106 items. Location: U:114. Professor of history at University of Mississippi. Constable's bills of costs (1830, 1832) St. Augustine, Territory of Florida; and other items (1850, 1877-1896) pertaining to the treatment and railroad transportation of prisoners and the insane in the state of Florida. Photographs of American and European historical figures, largely nineteenth century, include Civil War military and political figures. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2043.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, Civil War, Education

Blair, Frank P. (Frank Preston) 1821-1875. Letter 1866 July 15. 1 item. Location: Union officer and statesman; associate of Andrew Jackson and confidant of Lincoln. Letter from Blair to John Bigelow, U.S. Minister to France, introducing a Civil War Medal of Honor winner, General Adelbert Ames. Blair requests Bigelow's friendly aid for him. The letter refers to Ames' gallant conduct in battle, explaining that he traveled to France to observe the French Army. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Blanchard, Newton C. (Newton Crain), 1849-1922, Scrapbooks, 1892-1906. 4 vols. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:B. Lawyer from Shreveport, Louisiana; U.S. representative (1881-1894); U.S. senator (1894-1897); and governor of Louisiana (1904-1908). Scrapbooks, containing newspaper clippings with some correspondence and other items, pertain mainly to Blanchard's political career and contain information about Louisiana politics, race relations, yellow fever, and the 1906 fire in the State Capitol. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2833.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans, Medicine

Blanchard, Newton C. (Newton Crain), 1849-1922, Photographs, 1902-1903. 4 items. Location: E:67. Lawyer from Shreveport, Louisiana; U.S. representative (1881-1894); U.S. senator (1894-1897); and governor of Louisiana (1904-1908). Photographs consist of one formal portrait of Crain and his family, two recent photographs of the Crain house in Boyce, and one photograph of an unidentified outdoor social gathering. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2935.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Blanchard, Newton C. (Newton Crain), 1849-1922. Letter, 1881 July 19. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Newton Crain Blanchard was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1880 where he served until 1893. He was governor of Louisiana from 1904 to 1908. Blanchard in Shreveport, La., sends his record for insertion in the Congressional Directory. Mss. 4130.

Referenced in Guides: Politics