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Coolidge family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Coolidge, William, 1814-1879.
Creator: Coolidge, William, 1851-1900.
Creator: Coolidge, William, 1881-1943.
Title: Coolidge family papers
Dates: 1873-1913
Extent: 0.1 cubic feet (2 folders)
Identification: MS 1001

Biographical/Historical Note

William Coolidge I (1814-1879) was born in or near Boston, Massachusetts. He married Rachael Ann McLean. Coolidge moved to Savannah, Georgia, and became proprietor of the Marshall House Hotel. His son was William Coolidge II (1851-1900), and his grandson was William Coolidge III (1881-1943). William Coolidge II married Amelia M. Malcomes; he managed the Savannah Theatre and served as Postmaster. William Coolidge III married Mary Willink. He worked as an electrical contractor; Coolidge also served as Mexican consul.


Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers relating to the claim of William Coolidge against the U.S. government for restitution of property destroyed by federal troops during the Civil War. William Coolidge I's suit against the government was for recompensation for the furnishings for the Marshall House Hotel that were destroyed. The claim was pursued by his son, William Coolidge, II and his grandson, William Coolidge III.


Index Terms

Bills (legislative records)
Confederate States of America--History.
Coolidge family.
Coolidge, William, 1814-1879.
Coolidge, William, 1851-1900.
Coolidge, William, 1881-1943.
Depositions.
Letters (correspondence)
Marshall House Hotel (Savannah, Ga.)
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
Restitution.
Savannah (Ga.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Destruction and pillage.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a descendant of the collectors.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Coolidge family papers, MS 1001, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Herman W. Coolidge, 1977.


Restrictions

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.


Sponsorship

Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

 

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1-11Depositions filed in Special Court of the State of Georgia, all swearing that William Coolidge was loyal to the U.S. government during the Civil War, 1873 January/February
Signed by: William H. May, saddle and harness manufacturer; Alvin N. Miller; James M. Henderson, carriage driver from railroad depot to hotels; Michael Cleary, bookkeeper at the Marshall House; John T. Lineberger, grocer and liquor dealer; William Thompson (African American), employee of William Coolidge I; Robert Houston (African American), former employee of William Coolidge I; Charles W. Thompson, ship chandler and grocer; Frederick L. Lapham, stevedore; William R. Symons, former clothing merchant and member of the state militia; John Lama, wine merchant and former Confederate officer.
 

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12Deposition filed in Special Court of State of Georgia by Charles P. White, former sheriff of Savannah, 1873? January or 1873? February ( 2.0 p. )
Talks about furnishings, china, crockery, cutlery, etc. of Marshall House and gives estimation of their worth.
 

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13List of names
This may be a list of people contacted or to be contacted to give depositions. Some of the names are the same as those who signed depositions of items 1-11.
 

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14McPherson and Carter Co. (attorneys) to William Coolidge I. Washington, D.C., 1878 January 23 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding claim case of William Coolidge I and possibilities of undertaking the case if it is heard in Court of Claims and not before the Southern Claims Commission.
 

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15J.B. Archer and Co., attorneys, to William Coolidge I. Washington, D.C., 1878 May 30 ( 2.0 p. )
Regarding case of William Coolidge I, judgment against him by the Southern Claims Commission, approval of decision of the Southern Claims Commission by Congress, and possibility of getting Congress to pass a private bill for relief.
 

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16J.B. Archer and Co., attorneys, to William Coolidge I. Washington, D.C., 1878 July 4 ( 2.0 p . )
Regarding claim of William Coolidge I to be placed before Congress.
 

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17Charles F. Benjamin to William Coolidge II. Washington, D.C., 1888 May 28 ( 1.0 p. )
Gives reasons claim of William Coolidge was rejected.
 

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18Newspaper clipping. Letter to the editor, Savannah Morning News, 1903 July 4
Signed Edward C. Wade. Re bill in Congress to pay owners of confiscated property, regardless of the owner's loyalty.
 

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19William Coolidge III to Hon. Chas. G. Edwards, U.S. Rep., Savannah, Ga., 1909 December 29 ( 1.0 p. ) (Typed copy.)
Regarding claim of his grandfather William Coolidge I.
 

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20William Coolidge III to Francis L. Neubeck (attorney) of Washington, D.C. Savannah, Ga., 1909 February 25 ( 1.0 p. ) (Typed copy.)
Regarding claim of his grandfather.
 

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21Chas. G. Edwards, U.S. Rep., to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1909 February 27 ( 1.0 p. )
Edwards offers to introduce a bill in Congress for William Coolidge III concerning claim.
 

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22Francis L. Neubeck, attorney, to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1909 February 27 ( 1.0 p. )
Neubeck offers to undertake collection of the claim.
 

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23William Coolidge III to Hon. Chas. G. Edwards. Savannah, GA., 1909 March 3 ( 1.0 p. ) (Typed copy.)
Gives Edwards facts relating to seizure of his grandfather's property and claim which he filed.
 

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24Bill H.R. 4947. 61st Congress, 1st Session ( 1.0 p., ) (printed.)
Bill for relief of heirs of William Coolidge, late of Savannah.
 

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25William Coolidge III to Hon. Chas. G. Edwards. Savannah, Ga., 1909 April 12 ( 1.0 p. ) (Typed.)
Regarding status of bill H.R. 4947, that has been referred to Committee on War Claims. On same sheet is Edward's reply to Coolidge. April 12, 1902. Handwritten. Both letters signed.
 

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26Hon. Chas. G. Edwards to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1910 January 8 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding status of bill H.R. 4947.
 

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27William Coolidge III to Hon. Chas. G. Edwards. Savannah, Ga., 1911 April 12 ( 1.0 p. ) (Typed copy.)
Regarding bill H.R. 4947.
 

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28Hon. Chas. G. Edwards to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1911 April 14 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding bill H.R. 4947.
 

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29Hon. Chas. G. Edwards to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1912 January 8 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding bill H.R. 4947.
 

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30William Coolidge III to Hon. Chas. G. Edwards. Savannah, GA. ( 1.0 p. ) (Typed copy.)
Regarding bill H.R. 4947.
 

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31Hon. Chas. G. Edwards to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1912 May 30 ( 1.0 p. )
Regarding bill H.R. 4947.
 

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32Hon. Chas. G. Edwards to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1913 January 13 ( 1.0 p. )
Refers Coolidge to Washington attorney Frank J. Hogan, a former Savannahian.
 

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33William Coolidge III to King and King, Washington, D.C. attorneys. Savannah, GA ( 1.0 p. ) (Typed copy.)
Regarding firm's handling of claim, that has been referred to the Court of Claims.
 

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34King and King, attorneys, to William Coolidge III. Washington, D.C., 1913 February 5 ( 2.0 p. ) (Typed.)
Regarding information needed from Coolidge concerning the case. Attached to letter is a newspaper clipping of Dec. 11 (no year) on bill passed by the House of Representatives which would allow money to be paid to Southern claimants.