Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the William Harris Crawford papers, 1817-1825 MS 053



creator Crawford, William Harris, 1772-1834
Title: William Harris Crawford papers
Dates: 1817-1825
Abstract: Correspondence from William Harris Crawford, a lawyer, legislator, diplomat, and statesman.
Identification: MS 053
Quantity: 0.1 linear ft.(4 folders)
Language:
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

William Harris Crawford was born in Virginia in 1772, but settled with his family in Georgia soon after. Crawford pursued classical studies at a private school in Augusta, GA; then studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Lexington in 1799. While a member of the State house of representatives (1803-1807), he was elected to fill the vacancy in the United States Senate caused by the death of Abraham Baldwin. Crawford remained in the United States Senate from 1807-1813, when he resigned to become the Minister to France from 1813-1815. Upon his return to the states, he accepted the position of Secretary of War from President James Madison until 1816, when he transferred to be the Secretary of the Treasury until 1825. Due to a stroke, his Presidential campaign for the 1824 election was unsuccessful. Resigning from the position of Secretary of the Treasury, he was appointed a judge for the Georgian northern circuit, which position he held until his death in 1834.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence from William Harris Crawford, a lawyer, legislator, diplomat, and statesman of Crawford, GA. There are eleven letters, ten of which are written to a Captain, later Major, J. M. O'Connor. The identity of the recipient is unknown. The other letter is written to Marquis Barbe de Marbois as an introduction for O'Connor. The letters reveal Crawford’s thoughts on contemporary political issues.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish from the William Harris Crawford papers, MS 053, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Crawford, William Harris, 1772-1834
Subjects
Presidents
United States--Politics and government
Places
Georgia
Genres
corrrespondence

Related Material

See Crawford, William Harris, 1772-1834, papers, 1790-1867; (bulk 1842-1862) [manuscript], Special Collections, Duke University.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Harris Crawford papers, 1817-1825, MS 053, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased from Argosy Book Stores, Inc. in 1956.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Correspondence, 1817-1818

Folder
1 1817-1818
Folder
2 1818



Series II: Correspondence, 1821-1825

Folder
3 1821
Folder
4 1822-1825