William Crosby Dawson letter
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William Crosby Dawson letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Dawson, William C., (William Crosby), 1798-1856.
Title: William Crosby Dawson letter
Dates: 1841
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0204

Biographical/Historical Note

William Crosby Dawson (January 4, 1798-May 5, 1856) was born in Greene County, Georgia, the son of a frontier farmer. In 1816, he graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to study at the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut. He returned to Georgia, establishing his law practice in Greensboro. Dawson was the compiler of laws for Georgia from 1820-1839, resulting in the Compilation of the Laws of the State of Georgia (1831). He was a captain in a volunteer company in the Creek War of 1836. That same year, he was elected to Congress as a Whig and served until 1841. Dawson was a Georgia senator from 1849-1855. In 1859, Dawson had an office on the corner of Bay and Bull Streets in Savannah.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter dated July 15, 1841, from William Crosby Dawson to Dr. Will Jones, postmaster in Washington, requesting that Jones return a letter he had addressed to Dr. John G. Gilbert.

Index Terms

Dawson, William C., (William Crosby), 1798-1856.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], William Crosby Dawson letter, MS 204, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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