Alexander Smith Atkinson papers
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Alexander Smith Atkinson papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Atkinson, Alexander Smith, 1815-1894.
Title: Alexander Smith Atkinson papers
Dates: 1834-1871
Extent: 0.6 cubic feet (1 box, 1 oversize folder)
Identification: MS 1198

Biographical/Historical Note

Alexander Smith Atkinson (1815-1894) was born in Liberty County, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1839 and entered the law office of Judge John Macpherson Berrien. Shortly afterwards, he moved to Camden County to practice his profession and became a planter. He was elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 1840 and was a state senator from 1855 until 1860. He was a Justice of the Superior Court of Camden County, 1854-1862. Atkinson entered the Confederate States Army as Captain of Company B, 26th Georgia Infantry Regiment in 1861; he resigned in 1862 due to ill health. He married Mary Anne McDonald, the daughter of governor Charles J. McDonald, in 1842.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of papers pertaining to Alexander Smith Atkinson's law practice. Many prominent residents of Camden County are represented in these papers, including the Clarks, the Arnows, the Floyds, and the Goodbreads. The personal items included are bills for groceries and sundries (some for Burnwell Atkinson), letters from Elias Reed of Savannah (Atkinson's agent) concerning his cotton and other crops, and letters from Robert Stafford of Cumberland Island regarding the purchase of cotton seed and corn. The letter of September 6, 1858, from Henry Bacon concerns a proposed railroad.

Index Terms

Atkinson, Alexander Smith, 1815-1894.
Bills of sale.
Camden County (Ga.)
Legal documents.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Material was acquired from a descendant of the creator.

Preferred Citation

[item identification], Alexander Smith Atkinson papers, MS 1198, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Alexander Atkinson Lawrence, 1973.


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



1Letters and other papers, 1834-1842 ( 11.0 items. )


2Letters and other papers, 1843 ( 15.0 items. )


3Letters and other papers, 1844 ( 15.0 items. )


4Letters and other papers, 1845 ( 19.0 items. )


5Letters and other papers, 1846 ( 15.0 items. )


6Letters and other papers, 1847 ( 14.0 items. )


7Letters and other papers, 1848-1849 ( 15.0 items. )


8Letters and other papers, 1850-1858 ( 10.0 items. )


9Undated papers and printed materials ( 14.0 items. )
The printed materials are: Speech of Hon. J.P. Benjamin of the Senate of the United States, May 22, 1860, regarding defense of national democracy against the attack of Judge Douglas; Venezuelan Emigration Company, Augusta, March 1, 1867; To the People of Georgia, by William H. Stiles, undated, regarding a controversy with A.H. Stephens; Speech of Hon. Newton Booth, undated regarding construction of railroad and telegraph line from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean; Horace Greely's Views on Virginia..., undated; Usury..., Alabany, Ga., Central City Job Office, undated; To Southern Planters, issued by the office of Daniel Pratt, Prattville, Alabama, Philadelphia, Rowley and Chew, 1871; The Knickerbocker Mutual Life Insurance Co. of New York, undated