Howell Cobb permit
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Howell Cobb permit

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cobb, Howell, 1815-1868.
Title: Howell Cobb permit
Dates: 1860
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0157

Biographical/Historical Note

Howell Cobb (1815-1868) was born September 7, 1815. He attended the University of Georgia and married Mary Ann Lamar soon after. He was admitted to the bar in 1836. In 1842 he began his political career in the Georgia Congress, followed by his election to the House of Representatives in 1848. One year later, in 1849, Cobb became Speaker of the House. The state of Georgia elected Cobb Governor in 1851, after which he returned to Congress. When Buchanan won the U.S. presidency election, he (as Cobb's close friend) appointed Cobb as the Secretary of the Treasury. Cobb's firm advocacy for secession after the election Abraham Lincoln led him back to Georgia, where he organized the 16th Georgia Regiment, in which he acted as Colonel. In 1863, Cobb accepted a promotion to Major-General. After the Civil War, he opened a law practice and remained in Georgia. He died while on a trip to New York on October 9, 1868.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of one permit for the entry of sugar into the New York Customs Port in 1860, signed by Howell Cobb and Augustus Schell.

Index Terms

Cobb, Howell, 1815-1868.
Schell, Augustus, 1812-1884.
U.S. Customs Service.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop, Charleston, SC.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Howell Cobb paper, MS 157, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1952.


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.

Container List

Item 1: Howell Cobb to unknown. Permit for entry of shipment of sugar, signed by Howell Cobb, Secretary of Treasury and Augustus Schell, Collector of Customs, New York (Form letter.) View online.
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