A Guide to the Pleasant William Kittrell Papers, 1824, 1854-1867, 1923
Pleasant Williams Kittrell (1805-1867) was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. After graduating from the University of North Carolina in 1822, he studied at the medical college of the University of Pennsylvania, but returned to North Carolina to practice medicine before graduation. Kittrell moved to Alabama in 1837, where he was elected to the state legislature three times. In 1847, he married Mary Frances Goree and moved his family to Madison County, Texas, and later to Huntsville, Texas. Twice elected to the Texas legislature, Kittrell served as chairman of the Education Committee and introduced a bill to establish the University of Texas. In 1866, he was appointed chairman of the university’s board of administrators.
Source: M. McComb, Viva. “Kittrell, Pleasant Williams.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed January 27, 2011.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fki40.
Comprising of journals, accounts, notes, and correspondence, the Pleasant Williams Kittrell Papers, 1824, 1854-1867, 1923, document Kittrell’s farming, medical and political career. A two-volume journal includes business and farm records and medical notes include prescriptions. Photocopies of letters from Kittrell to Robert E. Lee address his desire for his nephew, P. K. Goree, to attend Washington College. Letters written by Kittrell’s son, W.H. Kittrell, in 1923, illuminate his son’s attempts to curate his father’s journals.
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Pleasant Williams Kittrell Papers, 1824, 1854-1867, 1923, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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