United States War Department, Secretary of War letters
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United States War Department, Secretary of War letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: United States. War Department.
Title: United States War Department, Secretary of War letters
Dates: 1820-1824
Extent: 0.02 cubic feet (1 microfilm roll)
Identification: MS 1607

Biographical/Historical Note

John Caldwell Calhoun (1782-1850) was born in South Carolina to Patrick and Martha Caldwell Calhoun. He graduated from Yale College in 1804, after which he studied law. He won a seat in the United States House of Representatives in 1810, a position he held until 1817, when he resigned to accept an appointment as the secretary of war under President James Monroe. He ran in the 1824 presidential election, but lost to John Quincy Adams; he was instead elected as vice-president. He resigned the vice-presidency in 1832 and joined the Senate. He served until 1843, then he became the Secretary of State under President John Tyler as a replacement for Abel Upshur. Calhoun held the position until the end of Tyler's term in 1845, at which point he returned to the Senate, where he served until his death.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of a microfilm copy of papers from the Records of the War Department held in the National Archives (NARA collection M221). These papers consist of letters received and written by the Secretary of War, John C. Calhoun, 1820-1824. These letters were written from the Treasury Department and the Creek Agency primarily by William H. Crawford, Edward Jones, and John C. Calhoun.

Index Terms

Calhoun, John C., (John Caldwell), 1782-1850.
Crawford, William Harris, 1772-1834.
Creek Indians.
Letters (correspondence)
United States. War Department.

Location of Originals

Original letters in the National Archives.

Physical and Technical Access Restrictions

A microfilm reader is required to access this collection.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], United States War Department, Secretary of War letters, MS 1607, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



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.

Published Descriptions

National Archives and Records Administration. Letters Received by the Secretary of War, Main Series, 1801-1870. National Archives Microfilm Publications. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1965.


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

Container List



1X-1607-01. United States War Department, Secretary of War letters, 1820-1824