Junius Hillyer memoirs
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Junius Hillyer memoirs

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040. reference@atlantahistorycenter.com
Creator: Hillyer, Junius, 1807-1886
Title: Junius Hillyer memoirs
Dates: 1937
Quantity: 1.0 Folder
Identification: ahc.MSS156f

Biographical/Historical Note

Junius Hillyer was a political leader and attorney who served two terms in the United States Congress. Born in Wilkes County, Georgia in 1807, he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1828 and began a law practice in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He was elected as the Solicitor-General of the Western Circuit of the state in 1834 and became Judge of the Superior Courts of the Western Circuit in 1841. From 1841 to 1845, he presided as a circuit judge. Initially elected to U.S. House of Representatives in 1850, Hillyer was re-elected in 1852. After his congressional career, Hillyer was appointed by President James Buchanan as Solicitor of the United States Treasury from 1857 through 1861. Hillyer died in Decatur, Georgia, in 1886 and was buried in Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the memoirs of Junius Hillyer, a political leader and judge. In his memoirs titled Memoirs of the Early Life and Times of Judge Junius Hillyer he describes his family genealogy; his boyhood and schooling, including his years at the University of Georgia, and growing up in Georgia. He also records his opinions on slavery. He believed that slavery "is the normal condition of the negro race." He talks about the customs of his times and the lifestyle of the rural South. The last chapter deals with his memories of the removal of Cherokee Indians from Georgia and in the southeast generally.

Index Terms

Georgia--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
Putnam County (Ga.)--History
Universities and colleges--Georgia

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Junius Hillyer memoirs, MSS 156f, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1937


Conditions Governing Access

This 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Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright.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.

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1Memoirs, 1937