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Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. papers, 1865-1913

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Author

Finding aid prepared by Greg Seltzer

Title

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. papers

Date

1865-1913

Repository

University of Kentucky Special Collections

Arrangement

Collection is arranged by format.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to researchers by appointment.

Preferred Citation Note

56M315: [identification of item], Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. papers, 1865-1913, University of Kentucky Special Collections

Extent

1.8 Cubic feet

5 boxes

Abstract

Political, personal, and business papers comprise the Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. papers and document the professional and personal life of politician Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Professional correspondence, addressed to Clay, composes the bulk of the collection and pertains to political issues within Kentucky.

Biography/History

Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr., the youngest son of Brutus Clay, was born in 1846. Like his namesake, the younger Cassius attended Yale University, graduating in the class of 1866. He served in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly in the 1870s and 1880s. He presided over the convention that drew up a new state constitution for Kentucky in 1890 and 1891. He unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for Governor in 1891 and 1895. In 1902 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the State University, a position he held until his death in 1913.

Scope and Content

Political, personal, and business papers comprise the Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. papers and document the professional and personal life of politician Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr. Professional correspondence, addressed to Clay, composes the bulk of the collection and pertains to political issues within Kentucky. Topics include the gubernatorial election of 1895, the Farmer's Alliance, the question of free silver, the Kentucky Tobacco War, and the University of Kentucky. Additionally, this collection includes petitions, certificates of appointment, and pamphlets relating to elections and other political matters.

Subjects

  • Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky.
  • Kentucky. General Assembly.
  • National Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union.
  • State University of Kentucky. Board of Trustees..
  • State University of Kentucky.
  • Kentucky--History--19th century.
  • Bennett, Waller
  • Breckinridge, Desha, 1867-1935
  • Breckinridge, Robert J., (Robert Jefferson), 1834-1915
  • Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston, 1837-1904
  • Cantrill, James E.
  • Clay, Brutus Junius, 1847-1932
  • Clay, Laura, 1849-1941
  • Combs, Leslie, 1852-1940
  • Goebel, William, 1856-1900
  • Grundy, Thomas S., 1822-1903.
  • Hathaway, Leeland, fl. 1845-1901
  • Hunt, Joseph Drummond, 1838-1920
  • McCord, John
  • Patterson, James K. (James Kennedy), 1833-1922
  • Shropshire, J. H.
  • Strother, J. W.
  • Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921
  • Wickliffe, W. A.
  • Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946
  • Agriculturists--Kentucky.
  • Governors--Kentucky--Election, 1895.
  • Politicians--Kentucky.
  • Silver question.
  • Tobacco industry.

Collection Inventory

I Political documents and petitions, 1865-1872, 1903, undated
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains petitions, certificates of appointment, and pamphlets relating to elections and other political matters.

1865-1872
[Box: 2, Folder: 1-2]
Petitions, undated
[Box: 5, Folder: 8]
Colonel Cassius M. Clay Answers Miss Alice Lloyd's Reply, Bourbon News, 1903 September 3
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
II Correspondence, 1884-1913
Scope and Content Note:

This series contains professional correspondence addressed to Clay and pertains to political issues within Kentucky. Topics include the gubernatorial election of 1895, the Farmer's Alliance, the question of free silver, the Kentucky Tobacco War, and the University of Kentucky.

1884-1890
[Box: 2, Folder: 3-4]
1891-1893
[Box: 2, Folder: 5-7, Box: 3, Folder: 1-2]
1894-1895
[Box: 3, Folder: 3-6]
1895
[Box: 3, Folder: 7, Box: 4, Folder: 1-6]
1896-1902
[Box: 5, Folder: 1]
1903-1906
[Box: 5, Folder: 2]
1907-1908
[Box: 5, Folder: 3]
1909
[Box: 5, Folder: 4]
1910-1911
[Box: 5, Folder: 5]
1912
[Box: 5, Folder: 6]
1913
[Box: 5, Folder: 7]
William Goebel's letters to Clay, 1890 August 2 to 1895 November 25
[Box: 5, Folder: 9]