Howell Cobb letters
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Howell Cobb letters

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Cobb, Howell, 1815-1868.
Title: Howell Cobb letters
Dates: 1855
Extent: 0.5 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 1785

Biographical/Historical Note

Howell Cobb (1815-1868) served two terms as a U.S. Congressman (1843-1851; 1853-1855) and as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1849 to 1851. He was governor of Georgia from 1851 to 1853 and Secretary of the U.S Treasury from 1857 to 1860. During the existence of the Confederate States of America Cobb served as president of the Provisional Confederate Congress and a major general of the Confederate army.

Herschel Vespasian Johnson (1812-1880) served as governor of Georgia from 1853-1856 and was the vice-presidential nominee under Democrat Stephen Douglas in the 1860 presidential election.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains two letters. The first letter, dated June 18, 1855, is from W. H. Hull to Howell Cobb regarding the gubernatorial campaign in Georgia. The second letter also discusses the election for governor. It is dated June 22, 1855 and is written from Howell Cobb in Dalton, Georgia to Governor Herschel Vespasian Johnson. Cobb predicts a favorable election outcome for the Democratic Party, reporting that "we will carry the district by between 2,500 and 3,000 majority."

Index Terms

Cobb, Howell, 1815-1868.
Democratic Party (Ga.)
Hull, W. H.
Johnson, Herschel V., (Herschel Vespasian), 1812-1880.
Letters (correspondence)
Political campaigns--Georgia.
Whig Party (Ga.)

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