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Henry L. Benning letter to his wife

Henry L. Benning letter to his wife

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry L. Benning letter to his wife
Creator: Benning, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1814-1875
Inclusive Dates: 1858 February 1
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms2601
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Henry Lewis Benning was born in Columbia County, Georgia, the son of Pleasant Moon Benning and Malinda Meriwether White, planters. In 1834 he graduated with honors from the University of Georgia, Athens. Soon afterward he moved to Columbus, where he was admitted to the bar. Barely two years after entering upon his profession, Benning was appointed solicitor general for his judicial circuit. in 1839 he married Mary Howard Jones, daughter of a prominent Columbus attorney with whom Benning formed a partnership. They had ten children. A slavery and states' rights advocate in the mold of John C. Calhoun, Benning was an avid secessionist more than a decade before the Civil War began. In 1850 he called on Georgia to leave the Union and join a southern republic whose government would be controlled by deep south politicians. Despite Benning's efforts, Georgia repudiated secession and the following year rejected his congressional bid as a southern rights Democrat. National Biography Online (Retrived April 28, 2009)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one letter from Henry L. Benning, to his wife, dated February 1, 1858.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry L. Benning letter to his wife, ms2601, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Benning, Henry L. (Henry Lewis), 1814-1875 -- Correspondence
Georgia. Supreme Court -- Officials and employees--Correspondence

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1858 February 1