Garnett Andrews letters
New Search | Return to Search Results | View/Save/Print PDF

Garnett Andrews letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Andrews, Garnett, 1798-1873.
Title: Garnett Andrews letters
Dates: 1852-1869
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0009

Biographical/Historical Note

Garnett Andrews (1798-1873) was born in Wilkes County, Georgia, on October 30, 1798, and died in Washington, Georgia, on August 14, 1873. He married Annulet Ball on April 10, 1828, and they had eight children. Andrews was educated at Washington Academy and admitted to the bar in the early 1820s. He practiced law for fifty years and served two terms as a state representative (1836-1855 and 1868-1873). He also served as judge of the northern circuit of Georgia. Andrews authored several articles for the Southern Cultivator and several speeches on agricultural subjects.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two letters relating to the cotton gin invented by Eli Whitney in Wilkes County, Georgia and the theft of Whitney's design. The first item, dated August 1852, is a letter to the editor of the Southern Cultivator, and is published in part in King Cotton: The True History Of The Cotton Gin, by M.L. Rutherford. The second item, February 20, 1869, to Mrs. Betts mentions the communication in the Southern Cultivator.

Index Terms

Andrews, Garnett, 1798-1873.
Cotton gins and ginning--Georgia.
Letters (correspondence)
Whitney, Eli, 1765-1825.
Wilkes County (Ga.)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Garnett Andrews letters, MS 9, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.