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Rebecca Latimer Felton correspondence with Samuel T. Garber

Rebecca Latimer Felton correspondence with Samuel T. Garber

Descriptive Summary

Title: Rebecca Latimer Felton correspondence with Samuel T. Garber
Creator: Garber, Samuel T.
Creator: Felton, Rebecca Latimer, 1835-1930
Inclusive Dates: 1923-1929
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s) 4 letters
Collection Number: ms4254
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930), a Georgia native, graduated from Madison Female College in 1852 and received an honorary degree University of Georgia in 1922. After her marriage to William Harrell Felton in 1853, she lived in Bartow County, had five children, and wrote and lectured extensively. She promoted ideals such as equal rights for women, temperance, and penal reform. She authored three books and wrote a newspaper column, Mrs. Felton's Timely Topics. Dr. William Felton was a physician, minister in the Methodist Church, and politician. At the age of eighty-seven, Rebecca Felton was appointed by Governor Thomas Hardwick to fill the senatorial vacancy caused by the death of Thomas E. Watson. After the appointment on October 3, 1922, she attended two sessions and became the first woman to occupy the senate seat.

For more information, see the article "Rebecca Latimer Felton (1835-1930)" in the New Georgia Encyclopedia and her congressional biography.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of four letters pertaining to Rebecca Latimer Felton and Mr. Samuel T. Garber of Columbus, Ohio. Two letters Felton wrote to Garber in 1923, one letter Garber wrote to Felton in 1929, and one letter is to Garber from the Society of the Army of the Cumberland in 1925.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rebecca Latimer Felton correspondence with Samuel T. Garber, ms4254, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Cartersville (Ga.)
Columbus (Ohio)
Georgia -- Politics and government.
Women in politics -- Georgia.
Women legislators -- United States.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Letters, 1923-1929