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Benjamin Conley papers

Benjamin Conley papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Benjamin Conley papers
Creator: Conley, Benjamin, 1815-1886
Inclusive Dates: 1842-1884
Language(s): English
Extent: 0.75 Linear Feet 2 boxes
Collection Number: ms1544
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Benjamin Conley (1815-1886), businessman, politician, Georgia Governor (1871-1872), born in Newark, N.J., resided in Augusta and Atlanta, Georgia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of papers of Benjamin Conley from 1842-1884. The collection consists mainly of correspondence to Conley relating to his business practice, his presidency of the Macon and Augusta Railroad, his participation in the 1867 Constitutional Convention, as Georgia Governor, and as Postmaster of Atlanta. Many letters deal with Georgia reconstruction and politics, Conley's involvement in the Republican Party, and political matters relating to Augusta (Ga.). Correspondents include Foster Blodgett, John S. Bigby, Thomas J. Spear, and business partner B.W. Force.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged roughly in chronological order.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Benjamin Conley papers, ms 1544, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2020.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Augusta (Ga.) -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Bigby, John S. (John Summerfield), 1832-1898
Blodgett, Foster, 1826-1877
Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950.
Georgia. Constitutional Convention (1867-1868)
Governors -- Georgia.
Postmasters -- Georgia.
Railroads -- Georgia.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Georgia.
Republican Party (Ga.)
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Correspondence, 1842 May 7
12Correspondence, 1844
13Legal document, 1848
14Legal documents, 1849
15Correspondence, 1853
16Paper , 1855
17Correspondence, legal document, 1856
18Correspondence, 1857
19Legal document, 1860
110Correspondence, 1863, 1865
111Correspondence, 1866
112Correspondence, 1867
113Correspondence, 1868
114Correspondence, 1869
115Correspondence, 1870
116Correspondence, 1871
117Correspondence, 1872
118Correspondence, 1873
119Correspondence, legal documents, 1874
120Correspondence, appointment, 1875
121Correspondence, legal documents, 1876
122Paper Correspondence, 1877
123Correspondence, 1878
124Indenture, correspondence, 1879
125Oath, circulars, correspondence, 1880
21Papers, Miscellaneous, 1867-1875, undated
22Correspondence, undated
23Clippings, undated
24Rachel Conley, Ellen Conley estate notes, undated
25Legal document signed by William Phillip regarding county Lines, undated
26Envelopes, undated
27Financial papers, undated
28Financial papers, 1854-1884
29William Harpers letter to Benjamin Conoley; James Harper statement , 1845, 1847
210Petition signed by Henry Hilliard, Joseph Hook, Joseph Cummings, James C. C. Black, Roswell King, James Harper, William Hope HullWilliam Davidson, and others, undated
2112 photographs, undated
212Union Republican Club list of subscribers & amounts paid out, 1868
213Statement of William L. Williams; Affidavit of William L. Williams & John Davidson, 1845
214Paper name cards, undated