Henry Stuart Foote Letter and Autograph
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of two items relating to Henry Stuart Foote. One item is a letter written August 20, 1853, by Foote in response to George H. Morrow's request for information about the relationship between Lynn Boyd and Henry Clay, who had just died. In the letter Foote explains how he had worked since 1850 to bring about a reconciliation between Boyd and Clay.
The second item is a short biographical sketch of Foote with his signature, apparently clipped from another document, affixed to the top of the page.
- Creation: August 20, 1853
Conditions Governing Access
Noncirculating; available for research.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).
Biographical / Historical
Henry Stuart Foote was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, on September 20, 1800. After graduation from Washington College, he was admitted to the bar in 1822 and practiced law in Alabama. Because of controversy over the dueling laws in Alabama, in 1830-1831 Foote left the state and stopped in Natchez, where he decided to remain. He was defeated in a bid for election to the 1832 Mississippi Constitutional Convention. A practicing attorney and part-owner of a Jackson newspaper, Foote also became interested in Texas and participated in a number of expeditions to the state during the 1830's. He was successful in a bid for the United States Senate in 1847, resigning his seat in 1852 after defeating Jefferson Davis for the governorship of Mississippi. During the Civil War he was a member of the Confederate Congress, even though he was opposed to slavery and secession. After regaining citizenship, he became superintendent of the New Orleans Mint. Foote died in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 20, 1880. In addition to legal and political interests, Foote was also an author. His books include Texas and the Texans, History of the Southern Struggle, Reminiscences, and Bench and Bar of the South and Southwest.
1 Folder (2 items)
Language of Materials
Purchase from Shorey, 1969.
Existence and Location of Copies
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- Henry Stuart Foote Letter and Autograph
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