A Guide to the George C. McKee, 1865-1883
Born in Joliet, Illinois, George C. McKee (1837-1890) studied law Knox College and Lombard College before practicing in Centralia, Illinois. He served in the Civil War with the 11th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry, fighting at both Shiloh and the Siege of Vicksburg. Following the war, McKee resumed his law practice in Vicksburg, Mississippi as well as planting cotton in Hinds County. He held local offices until being elected to the House of Representatives as a Republican in 1869 and serving until 1875. McKee then served as postmaster in Jackson, Mississippi from 1881 to 1885.
The George C. McKee Papers, 1865-1883, comprise correspondence, speeches in Congress, a financial report, checks, and a certificate recognizing McKee’s appointment as a trustee to the Deaf and Dumb Asylum of Mississippi. The letters document the cotton trade in the vicinity of Vicksburg during the Civil War, Reconstruction and black suffrage along with other issues in the post-war recovery of Mississippi. Additionally, the collection contains speeches by McKee in Congress on amnesty for Southerners and the enforcement of the Fourteenth amendment.
This collection is open for research use.
George C. McKee Papers, 1865-1883 , Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers