John M. Dent letter
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John M. Dent letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Dent, John Marshall, 1834-1923.
Title: John M. Dent letter
Dates: 1858 January 12
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0185

Biographical/Historical Note

John M. Dent (1834-1922) was the nephew of George Washington Crawford (1798-1872). Dent's mother, Sarah McIntosh Dent, was the sister of Crawford's wife, Mary Ann McIntosh.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from John M. Dent to his uncle, the Honorable George Washington Crawford. In the letter, Dent asks Crawford for a loan of $1,000 for purchases he wishes to make in Augusta, Georgia. Crawford (1798-1872) grew up in Augusta, Georgia. In 1820, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (later named Princeton University). He held the officer of Georgia Attorney General from 1827 until 1831. From 1837 until 1842 he was a member of the Richmond County legislature, and in 1843 received the Whig party nomination for governor. He served as Georgia's governor from 1843 until 1847. President Zachary Taylor appointed him as Secretary of War in 1849; Crawford resigned from the position when Taylor died in 1850. Crawford's last public service was to serve as Chairman to the Georgia State Secession Convention in 1861.

Index Terms

Crawford, George W., (George Washington), 1798-1872.
Dent, John Marshall, 1834-1923.
Letters (correspondence)
Loans, Personal.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John M. Dent letter, MS 185, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1951.


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.

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1John M. Dent to George Walker Crawford. Bath, Ga., 1858 January 12 ( 2.0 pages )