John A. Cuthbert letter
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John A. Cuthbert letter

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cuthbert, John A., (John Albert), 1788-1881.
Title: John A. Cuthbert letter
Dates: 1834
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1721

Biographical/Historical Note

John A. Cuthbert, brother of Alfred Cuthbert, was born in Savannah, Georgia, on June 3, 1788. He studied law at Princeton College and graduated in 1805. After admission to the bar in 1809 he practiced law in Eatonton, Georgia. During the War of 1812, he commanded a volunteer company. In 1822, President Monroe appointed Cuthbert a commissioner to treat with the Creek and Cherokee Indians. Later Cuthbert served as editor and subsequently proprietor of the Federal Union at Milledgeville, Georgia, from 1831 to 1837.

During Cuthbert's political career he served as a member of the Georgia House of Representatives in 1811, 1813, 1817, and 1822 and served the state Senate in 1814 and 1815. He was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives during 1819-1821. He served as secretary of the Georgia Senate in 1830, 1833, and 1834.

In 1837, Cuthbert moved to Mobile, Alabama, and practiced law. He was elected judge of the county court of Mobile County in 1840, and appointed judge of the circuit court of the same county in 1852 by the Governor. He retired as a judge and practiced law until his death at "Sans Souci," on Mon Luis Island, near Mobile on September 22, 1881.

Scope and Content Note

The John A. Cuthbert letter from Milledgeville, 10 June 1834, to Hiram Warner (1802-1881) contains an explanation of the points of law relating to rights of Georgians regarding Cherokee property as determined by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Worcester v. Georgia (1832). The letter was likely regarding an act of the Georgia state legislature of 1833 in defiance of the court's opinion regarding Georgia's jurisdiction over the Cherokees. In the letter, Cuthbert explains to Warner (also a congressman, judge of the State Superior Court, and chief justice of the State Supreme Court) why the act is unconstitutional.

Index Terms

Cherokee Indians--Land tenure.
Cuthbert, John A., (John Albert), 1788-1881.
Letters (correspondence)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], John A. Cuthbert letter, MS 1721, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from L & T Respess Books, 2006.


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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