|Repository:||Georgia Historical Society|
|Creator:||Watterson, Harvey Magee, 1811-1891.|
|Title:||Harvey Magee Watterson letter|
|Extent:||0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)|
Harvey Magee Watterson (1811-1891), representative from Tennessee, was born at "Beechgrove" in Bedford County, Tennessee. He studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced law in Shelbyville, Tennessee. He also edited a newspaper there. He was a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and Speaker of the Tennessee Senate. President Zachary Taylor sent Watterson on a diplomatic mission to Buenos Aires in 1847. In 1860, Watterson was a presidential elector. He moved to Washington, D.C. and practiced law there for 14 years. He then moved to Louisville, Kentucky, and was on the editorial staff of the Louisville Courier-Journal.
This collection consists of an 1865 letter from Harvey Magee Watterson to President Andrew Johnson, sent from Milledgeville, Georgia. In the letter, Watterson sends a copy of Dispatch No. 10, mentions fine pictures of Georgia and the South, and praises Generals Steadman and Tillson, as well as Governor James Johnson. He quotes a communication from Herschel V. Johnson regarding conditions in Georgia and recommends the removal of Federal troops and the re-establishment of civil authority. Two pages of the letter are missing and the edges appear singed.
Purchased from Walter R. Benjamin, Autographs, of New York.
[item identification], Harvey Magee Watterson letter, MS 842, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.
Collection is open for research.
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|Item 1: H.M. Watterson to Andrew Johnson. Milledgeville, Ga., 1865 October 30 ( 5.0 p. )|
|"Copy of Dispatch No. 10;" fine pictures of Georgia and the South; praises Genls. Steadman and Tillson and Gov. James Johnson; quotes a communication from Herschel V. Johnson regarding conditions in Georgia; recommends that federal troops be removed and civil authority re-established. 2p. missing.|