Henry Rootes Jackson papers
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Henry Rootes Jackson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Jackson, Henry R., (Henry Rootes), 1820-1898.
Title: Henry Rootes Jackson papers
Dates: 1848-1890
Extent: 0.2 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 0420

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Rootes Jackson, a grandson of General James Jackson, was a lawyer, minister to Austria, Brigadier General in the Confederate States Army, minister to Mexico, and long-time president of the Georgia Historical Society.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains letters from Henry Rootes Jackson to James Milton Smith (the Governor of Georgia) regarding Sir James Wright and the viewpoint of Georgia Loyalists in the Revolutionary War; General Henry M. Cist requesting a copy of General Boynton's letters; Charles Elmer Rice regarding George W. Crawford. The collection also includes a holograph poem, "To Henry R. Jackson (Impromptu)," signed by Paul H. Hayne, and a certificate showing Jackson's appointment to the position of Attorney for the State of Georgia, by James K. Polk, 1848.

Index Terms

American loyalists.
Georgia Historical Society.
Georgia--History--Revolution, 1775-1783.
Georgia--Politics and government.
Jackson, Henry R., (Henry Rootes), 1820-1898.
Jones, Charles C., (Charles Colcock), 1831-1893.
Letters (correspondence)
Polk, James K., (James Knox), 1795-1849.
Smith, James Milton, 1823-1890.
Wright, James, Sir, 1716-1785.

Location of Originals

Original letter, Henry R. Jackson to the Governor of Georgia, 1876, in the Department of Archives and History, Atlanta, Georgia.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Lucy Barrow McIntire was the granddaughter of Henry Rootes Jackson.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Henry Rootes Jackson papers, MS 420, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Georgia Department of Archives and History, 1966 (Item 1); Lucy Barrow McIntire, 1965 (Item 2); Lester Karrow, 1963 (Item 3); Malcolm Bell, Jr., 1973 (Item 4).


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



1Henry R. Jackson to the Governor of Georgia, James Milton Smith. Savannah, 1876 March 7 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding Sir James Wright and the viewpoint of Georgia Loyalists in the American Revolution. The enclosure has quotations from Sir James Wright's papers from Collection of the Georgia Historical Society (1873), III. With 9 p. enclosure. Photocopy.


2Holograph poem, "To Henry R. Jackson (Impromptu)." Savannah, Georgia, 1883 ( 1.0 p. )
Dated Sunday 18th, 1883. Signed Paul H. Hayne.


3Henry R. Jackson to General Henry M. Cist. Savannah, Georgia, 1889 June 18 ( 1.0 p. )
Requesting copy of General Boynton's Letters.


4Henry R. Jackson to Charles Elmer Rice. Savannah, 1890 November 23 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding George W. Crawford and his correspondence; neither he nor the Georgia Historical Society has an autograph collection; refers him to C.C. Jones, Jr.


5Certificate showing appointment of Henry R. Jackson, by President James K. Polk, to the position of Attorney for the State of Georgia, 1848 March 22