Hugh Anderson Haralson Letterbook
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Hugh Anderson Haralson Letterbook

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Haralson, Hugh Anderson, 1805-1854
Title: Hugh Anderson Haralson Letterbook
Dates: 1849 - 1850
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 document box)
Identification: ahc.MSS110

Biographical/Historical Note

Hugh Anderson Haralson (b. 1805 – d. 1854), born near Penfield, Georgia, graduated from Franklin College (University of Georgia) in 1825, and was admitted to the bar in 1825. He married Caroline M. Lewis on November 27, 1828 in Greene County, Georgia. He practiced law in Monroe, Georgia, and LaGrange, Georgia, and pursued agricultural activities. He was a member of the Georgia General Assembly from 1831 to 1832, and the State Senate from 1837 to 1838. He also served in the Georgia State Militia as a major general, from 1838 to 1850. He was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, March 4, 1843-March 3, 1851. After serving in Congress, he resumed his law practice in LaGrange, Georgia until his death in 1854.2 Additional descriptive information regarding Hugh Anderson Haralson has not been determined.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of an indexed letter book of Hugh A. Haralson and correspondence addressing personal and professional topics. Author name and corresponding page number arrange the letter book index alphabetically. The collection documents issues concerning the average Southern citizen during the antebellum years. Some issues discussed include agriculture in Coweta County, Georgia, pension laws, states’ rights, land claims, Indian affairs, legislation, land grants and sales, slavery, railroads, 1836 Creek Indian War, and congressional districts. Clay’s Compromise, the Committee of 13, the Nashville Convention of 1850, Millard Fillmore, and the Wilmot Proviso are some of the more relevant issues discussed in several letters. The cultivation and sale of cotton and the weather, as it related to agricultural matters, are also common themes.


This collection is arranged according to its original order.

Index Terms

Creek Indians
Georgia. General Assembly.
Haralson, Hugh Anderson, 1805-1854
LaGrange (Ga.)
Military pensions
Southern Convention. (1850 : Nashville, Tenn.)
States' rights (American politics)
United States. Congress. House.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hugh Anderson Haralson Letterbook, MSS 110, Kenan Research Center, Atlanta History Center

Acquisition Information:


Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2008


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Transcription of letter book index, undated
2Letter book binder and index (original), undated
3Numbered correspondence, 1-33 (30 and 31 missing), 9 -26 April 1850
4Numbered correspondence, 34-68 (64 missing), 24 April – 25 March 1850
5Numbered correspondence, 69-114 (94 and 101 missing), May 1850 – 20 May 1850
6Numbered correspondence, 115-153 (141 missing), 11 May 1850 – 20 June 1850
7Numbered correspondence, 154-170, 17 June 1850 – 10 June 1850
8Numbered correspondence, 171-199 (179-181 and 190 missing), March 1850 – 14 July 1850
9Numbered correspondence, 200-222, 29 June 1850 – 31 July 1850
10Numbered correspondence, 223-251 (236 missing), 5 August 1850 – 29 August 1850
11Numbered correspondence, 252-289, 20 July 1850 – 5 September 1850
12Numbered correspondence, 290-329 and 3 un-numbered letters (325 missing), 28 August 1850 – 8 July 1849, undated