James O'Fallon letter
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James O'Fallon letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: O'Fallon, James, 1749-1794.
Title: James O'Fallon letter
Dates: 1791
Extent: (1 folder) 0.05 cubic feet
Identification: MS 0593
Collection materials are in English.

Biographical/Historical Note

James O'Fallon (1749-1794) was born in Ireland and studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh. He arrived in North Carolina in 1774 and served in the Revolution, first as a soldier and later as a senior Surgeon. After the war he moved to Charleston, South Carolina, where he practiced medicine and became involved in various state politics. In 1790 he was appointed General Agent of the South Carolina Yazoo Company and went to Kentucky to arrange for colonizing a tract near the mouth of the Yazoo River. After the failure of O'Fallon' political ventures, he practiced medicine in and about Louisville. In 1791, he married Frances Eleanor Clark, the sister of General George Rogers Clark.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a letter from James O'Fallon to Henry Osborne dated May 22, 1791, written from Kentucky. O'Fallon writes of the colonization of the western lands and his work with Gen. George Rogers Clark. He also mentions his marriage.

Index Terms

Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818.
Letters (correspondence)
North America--Colonies.
O'Fallon, James, 1749-1794.
South-Carolina Yazoo Company.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], James O'Fallon letter, MS 593, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

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