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Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb letter to Governor Joseph Emerson Brown

Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb letter to Governor Joseph Emerson Brown

Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb letter to Governor Joseph Emerson Brown
Creator: Cobb, Thomas Reade Rootes, 1823-1862
Inclusive Dates: 1860 September 17
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms3158
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Thomas R. R. Cobb was one of antebellum Georgia's foremost legal authorities and most outspoken advocates of slavery and of secession from the Union. He fought for the Confederacy as a brigadier general and was killed at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862. ... In 1854 his sister, Laura Cobb Rutherford, appealed for a female high school in Athens. Cobb responded by raising money and organizing a group of trustees to form the Athens Female High School. The school opened in January 1859 and was soon renamed the Lucy Cobb Institute in honor of Cobb's eldest daughter, who died of fever at age thirteen in 1858. Cobb was also instrumental in reorganizing and expanding the University of Georgia. In 1859 he established the Lumpkin Law School with the aid of his father-in-law, Joseph Henry Lumpkin, a state supreme court justice for whom the school was named.

"Thomas R. R. Cobb." New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Retrieved July 31, 2008)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one letter to Governor Joseph E. Brown from T.R.R. Cobb in regard to a report by Thweatt concerning the endowment of the University of Georgia. The report apparently blames the University Trustees for squandering funds. Cobb believes the report incorrect and proceeds to strongly contradict the figures given.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Reade Rootes Cobb letter to Governor Joseph Emerson Brown, ms3158, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2015.

General Notes

This collection has been digitized and is available online as part of America's Turning Point: Documenting the Civil War Experience in Georgia.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Brown, Joseph E., (Joseph Emerson), 1821-1894 -- Correspondence
College trustees -- Georgia -- Athens.
University of Georgia -- Finance

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letter, 1860 September 17 Access Online