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Descriptive Summary

Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Gerard Brandon Papers, 1823-1829, 1863-1864



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Brandon, Gerard Chittocque, 1788-1850.
Title: Brandon, Gerard, Papers
Dates: 1823-1829, 1863-1864
Abstract: This small collection is composed of a withdrawal request and correspondence from Mississippi Governor Gerard C. Brandon and a transcript of his son's diary, kept while on a trip to Texas with slaves and livestock.
Accession No.: 85-311; 2001-014; 2005-148
OCLC No.: 31298331
Extent: 7 items.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Gerard Chittocque Brandon, the fourth and sixth governor to serve Mississippi, was born on Selma Plantation, Natchez, Mississippi on September 15, 1788. His education was attained at Princeton University, and at William and Mary, where he earned a law degree. In 1815, he established a legal practice in Washington, Mississippi.

Brandon first entered politics as a member of the 1817 Mississippi Constitutional Convention. He also served as speaker of the Mississippi House of Representatives in 1822, and was the lieutenant governor of Mississippi from 1822 to 1825. On November 17, 1825, Governor Walter Leake died in office, and Brandon, who was the lieutenant governor at the time, assumed the duties of the governorship. He served in this capacity until January 7, 1826, when newly elected David Holmes took office. After Governor David Holmes resigned from office on July 25, 1826, Brandon again assumed the governorship.

During Brandon’s tenure, primary and secondary schools were established; a charter was secured for the state’s first railroad; the judicial system was improved; and whites began to settle in land previously occupied by the Choctaw Indians. Brandon left the governor’s office on January 9, 1832, and retired from political life. Governor Gerard C. Brandon passed away on March 28, 1850, and was buried in Columbia Springs, near Fort Adams, Mississippi.

Source: “Mississippi Governor Gerard Chittocque Brandon.” National Governors Association. Accessed June 19, 2013. http://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/past-governors-bios/page_mississippi/col2-content/main-content-list/title_brandon_gerard.html

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Scope and Contents

This small collection is comprised of correspondence from Brandon to Mississippi Secretary of State John A. Gimball, soliciting state government commissions for several acquaintances. Additional correspondence includes a letter to future Governor Hiram G. Runnels from T. B. Hadley, discussing politics in Woodville, Miss., July 18. 1925, and a letter from Mississippi Governor Gerard Brandon to W. V. C. Dillingham and the sheriff of Amite County, Mississippi, granting pardon to citizen James Gordon. Also included in the collection is a withdrawal request for a $1,000 note from the Bank of the State of Mississippi, and the transcript of the diary of Brandon’s son kept while on a trip to Texas with slaves and livestock, July 1863-February 1864.

Forms part of the Natchez Trace Small Manuscripts Collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brandon, Gerard Chittocque, 1788-1850--Archives.
Gimball, John A.
Runnels, Hiram G., 1796-1857.
Subjects
Governors--Mississippi.
Mississippi--Politics and government--To 1865.

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Related Material

Forms part of the Natchez Trace Collection Small Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gerard C. Brandon Papers, 1823-1829, 1863-1864, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2E551 Withdrawal request, undated
Correspondence, 1823-1829
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2J115 Diary transcript, 1863-1864

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