J.J. Flournoy letter
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J.J. Flournoy letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Flournoy, J. Jacobus, (John Jacobus), 1808-1879.
Title: J.J. Flournoy letter
Dates: 1845
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0256

Biographical/Historical Note

John Jacobus Flournoy (1809-1879) was a resident of Clarke and Jackson counties, Georgia. Flournoy tried unsuccessfully to be elected or appointment to several political offices. He wrote numerous letters, essays, and pamphlets on an array of topics, including the defense of monarchical rule in the United States, denunciations of the treatment of Indians in Georgia, condemnations of nullification and secession, and arguing for a state-supported school system. Flournoy, himself deaf, fought against laws which classified the physically handicapped as "mentally retarded." He worked to persuade the state to establish a school for the deaf. Merton Coulter's John Jacobus Flournoy: Champion of the Common Man in the Antebellum South (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1942) provides a full account of Flournoy's life.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a letter from J.J. Flournoy (Le Sourd) to the Georgia Historical Society, June 24, 1845. In the letter, Flournoy criticizes the Society for commissioning William Bacon Stevens to write a history of Georgia and outlines the reasons he feels Stevens is a poor choice.

Index Terms

Flournoy, J. Jacobus, (John Jacobus), 1808-1879.
Georgia Historical Society.
Letters (correspondence)
Stevens, William Bacon, 1815-1887.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from the creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], J.J. Flournoy letter, MS 256, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of John Jacobus Flournoy, 1845.


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.


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