Wilson Lumpkin letters
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Wilson Lumpkin letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Lumpkin, Wilson, 1783-1870.
Title: Wilson Lumpkin letters
Dates: 1833-1834
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0508

Biographical/Historical Note

Wilson Lumpkin (1783-1870) was born in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, on January 14, 1783 to John Lumpkin and Lucy Hopson Lumpkin. While he was still a young child, Lumpkin's family moved to Oglethorpe County, Georgia. Lumpkin married twice, first to Elizabeth Walker, with whom he had six surviving children, and second to Annis Hopkins, with whom he had three children. He served on the Georgia State Legislature and was a member of Congress, 1815-187 and 1827-1831. Lumpkin served two terms as Governor of Georgia, holding office from 1831-1835. Afterwards, he was appointed U.S. commissioner to the Cherokee Indians, a position he held from 1836 until 1837; Lumpkin was a proponent of the removal of the Cherokee from Georgia. He also served as a U.S. senator and a trustee of the University of Georgia. Lumpkin died on December 28, 1870 in Athens, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two letters from Wilson Lumpkin to John Gayle, governor of Alabama, 1833 and 1834. In the first letter, Lumpkin writes that he is transmitting the affidavit of James R. Guerry regarding William Alday, who was charged with stealing a slave; Alday was a fugitive in Alabama at the time of the letter. The second letter requests that Augustus L. Glover, jailed in Alabama and wanted in Georgia for murdering James R. Ross, only be released to Georgia agents.

Index Terms

Fugitives from justice.
Gayle, John, 1792-1859.
Georgia--Politics and government--1775-1865.
Letters (correspondence)
Lumpkin, Wilson, 1783-1870.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Item 2 purchased from Schindler's Antique Shop in Charleston, South Carolina.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Wilson Lumpkin letters, MS 508, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of David M. Sherman, 1970 (Item 1). Purchased, 1951 (Item 2).


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

Item 1: Wilson Lumpkin letter to John Gayle. Executive Dept., 1833 August 19 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Milledgeville, Ga. Transmitting the affidavit of James R. Guerry regarding William Alday, charged with slave stealing and now a fugitive in Alabama and requesting his release to state agents. No enclosure.
Item 2: Wilson Lumpkin letter to John Gayle. Executive Dept., 1834 April 21 ( 2.0 p. )
Sent from Milledgeville, Ga. Requests that Augustus L. Glover, jailed in Alabama and wanted in Georgia for murder of James R. Ross, not be released except in custody of agents appointed by the state of Georgia.