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Alexander Hamilton Stephens collection

Alexander Hamilton Stephens collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: Alexander Hamilton Stephens collection
Creator: Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883
Inclusive Dates: 1841-1882, after 1900
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms570
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Alexander Hamilton Stephens (1812-1883) served as vice president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War (1861-65). A career politician, he served in both houses of the Georgia legislature before winning a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1843. At the outset of the Civil War Stephens was elected to the Confederate Congress and chosen as the vice president of the Confederate States of America. He then famously gave the "Cornerstone Speech," in which he announced that the new government was founded on the idea that blacks were inferior to whites. Outwardly critical of President Jefferson Davis throughout his tenure in the Confederate high command, Stephens was arrested and imprisoned after the war's end. He was reelected to Congress in 1873 and served as governor of Georgia starting in 1882.

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Scope and Content

The collection consists of correspondence (reproductions and originals) written by Alexander Hamilton Stephens from 1841-1882. The four original letters: dated July 17, 1841, Crawfordville, Georgia, to Charles L. Jenkins, regards the University, candidacy, and includes a handwritten copy of a report of the House of Representatives; dated Crawfordville, Georgia, January 6, 1864, Dear Cobb, Stephens responds to Cobb's letter; dated Washington DC, June 3, 1858, to Charles Lanman, Stephens requests the return of his autobiographical manuscript; dated Washington DC, Dec. 19, 1858, to Charles Lanman, concerns a communication from George Rockingham Gilmer. Additional topics include political interests and the "Felton Matter." The collection also includes excerpts (undated reproductions) from Life of Alexander H. Stephens by Richard Malcolm Johnston and William Hand Browne.

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Only original letters can be photocopied.

Preferred Citation

Alexander Hamilton Stephens collection, ms570, 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

Cobb, Howell, 1815-1868
Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883 -- Correspondence

Related Collections in this Repository

Related materials in this repository: Alexander H. Stephens papers, ms2038; Alexander Stephens photograph, ms2315; Alexander H. Stephens letter to R. H. Norris, ms2465; Alexander H. Stephens carte de visite and envelope, ms3230.

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