H. Cooley letter
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H. Cooley letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cooley, H., (Hollis Cooley), 1794-1858.
Title: H. Cooley letter
Dates: 1830
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0173

Biographical/Historical Note

Hollis Cooley (1794-1858) was born in Bloody Brook, Franklin, Massachusetts, the son of Eli and Chloe Allen Cooley. He lived in Monticello, Georgia. His brother, Dr. Dennis Cooley (1789-1860), was born in Deerfield, Massachusetts. After completing his admission to the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1822, Dennis moved to Georgia, where he practiced medicine for five years. He then returned to Massachusetts for a year before moving west to Macomb, Michigan. There, he practiced medicine until 1856, when he retired due to ill health. He married Elizabeth Anderson in 1830; after her death, he remarried to Clara Andrus in 1836.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from H. Cooley to his brother, Dennis Cooley, 1830. In the letter, H. Cooley discusses state politics, including the disbursement of Cherokee lands through a lottery. Cooley considers the new laws regarding the Native American lands unjust and cruel, stating that the Cherokees are more humane and civilized than one-third of the people in the state of Georgia. Cooley updates his brother on friends and family in Georgia.

Index Terms

Cherokee Indians--Land tenure--Georgia--19th century.
Cooley, Dennis, 1789-1860.
Cooley, H., (Hollis Cooley), 1794-1858.
Land grants--Georiga.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], H. Cooley letter, MS 173, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from Symmachus Trading Company, Boston, Massachusetts, 1951.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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