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William Johnson Stone papers, 1864-1953, 1864-1923 (bulk dates)

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William Johnson Stone papers


1864-1953, 1864-1923 (bulk dates)


University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506


Arranged somewhat chronologically.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], William Johnson Stone papers, 1864-1953, 1864-1923 (bulk dates), 1F54M-131, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.


1 reel (partial)


William Stone, born in what is now Lyon County, Kentucky, joined the Confederate Army at the beginning of the Civil War and was present at the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh and Chickamauga. While serving with General John Hunt Morgan's First Battalion, Company C, Stone received a severe wound in the fighting around Cynthiana, Kentucky which eventually led to the amputation of one of his legs. Stone married Cornelia Woodford, his nurse during recovery from his wound and surgery. After the war, Stone tried to assist his father in recouping some of the losses suffered by the family farm. Stone was elected to the Kentucky State legislature in 1867, 1875 and in 1883. In 1884 he was elected to represent Kentucky's First District in Congress, serving in that capacity until 1895.

Stone was one of the three Democratic gubernatorial candidates for governor in the 1899 Convention that eventually nominated William Goebel. Reportedly, Stone's supporters had made a deal with those of Goebel and were quite angry when Goebel's adherents failed to deliver what they had promised. Stone aided in lobbying for a Confederate Pension Fund in Kentucky. When this was established in 1914, Stone was appointed Commissioner of the Confederate Pension Department by Governor James B. McCreary. He remained in office until his death in 1923.

Scope and Content

Stone's middle name has a variant spelling and is sometimes spelled: "Johnston".

The material is comprised of correspondence, clippings, receipts, information and statistics about the tariff, an autobiographical sketch and a printed address. The correspondence includes a few Civil War letters from Stone to his family, and, later, scattered business, personal, and political correspondence. Various Lyon County tax receipts are included as well as numerous tarriff schedules from Stone's years in Congress. Also included are his Commissioner appointments from Governors James B. McCreary and Edwin P. Morrow and a printed text of his address to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in favor of establishing a Confederate pension fund. Clippings about Stone, political issues, his death, his daughter, Sudie Stone Snook, and her husband, Sidney J. Snook, of Paducah, Kentucky, are present. A typed autobiographical sketch of Stone is part of the collection as well.


  • Stone, William Johnson, 1841-1923.
  • Stone, Cornelia Woodford, d. 1906.
  • Goebel, William, 1856-1900.
  • McCreary, James B. (James Bennett), 1838-1918.
  • Morrow, Edwin Porch, 1877-1935.
  • Snook, Sudie Stone.
  • Snook, Sidney J.
  • Morgan, John Hunt, 1825-1864.
  • Confederate States of America.--Army.--Morgan's Cavalry Division.
  • Kentucky.--General Assembly.
  • United States.--Congress.
  • Kentucky.--Confederate Pension Dept.
  • Confederate States of America.--Kentucky Cavalry, 2nd,.--Company C.
  • Agricultural depression--Kentucky.
  • Shiloh, Battle of, 1862.
  • Fort Donelson (Tenn.), Battle of, 1862.
  • Chickamauga (Ga.), Battle of, 1863.
  • Farmers.
  • Legislators--United States--Congress.
  • Public officers.
  • Soldiers.
  • Lyon County (Ky.).
  • Kentucky--Politics and government.
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
  • Appointments.
  • Autobiographies.
  • Clippings.
  • Correspondence.
  • Receipts.
  • Speeches

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