58m3Stevenson, John W. papersGuide to the John W. Stevenson papers, 1868-1885 58m3Alison SperryUniversity of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center2011 February 2Special Collections Research CenterUniversity of Kentucky LibrariesMargaret I. King LibraryLexington, Kentucky 40506-0039URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-06 16:58:47 -0500.EnglishDescribing Archives: A Content Standard2018 February 16EAD and description updated by Megan Mummey
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John W. Stevenson papers
2.25 Cubic Feet
The John W. Stevenson papers (dated 1868-1885; 2.25 cubic feet; 5 boxes) consist of diaries, letter books, receipts, and a will, documenting the life and career of Kentucky lawyer and politician John W. Stevenson.
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Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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Governor of Kentucky and United States Senator, John White Stevenson was born in Richmond, Virginia. He read law in Virginia and, on the advice of James Madison, moved west to open his practice. After living in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Stevenson moved to Covington, Kentucky in 1841. Four years later he was elected to the Kentucky state legislature as a representative from Kenton County. He was a member of the 1849 state constitutional convention and further familiarized himself with the state's laws by coauthoring with James Harlan, Code of Practice in Civil and Criminal Cases. After serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions of 1848, 1852, 1861, he served in the House of Representatives (1857-1861). A strong Confederate sympathizer, Stevenson returned to politics after the Civil War, with his election to the lieutenant governorship of Kentucky in 1867. Upon the death of Governor John LaRue Helm, Stevenson was elevated to the governorship. He failed to serve the full term, however, for he defeated Senator Thomas McCreery and won a seat in the United States Senate in 1871. At the end of his term in 1877 he returned to his law practice in Covington and to teaching criminal law and contracts in the Cincinnati law school. He served as chairman of the Democratic National Convention in 1880, and in 1884 was elected president of the American Bar Association.
58m3: [identification of item], John W. Stevenson papers, 1868-1885, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Scope and Contents
The John W. Stevenson papers (dated 1868-1885; 2.25 cubic feet; 5 boxes) consist of diaries, letter books, receipts, and a will, documenting the life and career of Kentucky lawyer and politician John W. Stevenson. Stevenson's diaries (9 volumes) document daily life and contemporary political issues. The letter books (6 volumes) cover 1877-1884 and document Kentucky politics and the affairs of the Episcopal church. Many of the letters relate to the 1876 Presidential election between Rutherford B. Hayes and Samuel Tilden; Stevenson's visit to Louisiana as one of the visiting statesmen who went to examine the election returns; discussions of Hayes term as President; and the nomination of the Democratic candidate.
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The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Legislators -- Kentucky.
Lieutenant governors -- Kentucky
Governors -- Kentucky.
Legislators -- United States.
Presidents -- United States -- Election -- 1876.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877) -- Kentucky
Kentucky -- Politics and government -- 1865-1890
Hayes, Rutherford B., 1822-1893
Stevenson, J. W. (John White), 1812-1886
Tilden, Samuel J. (Samuel Jones), 1814-1886
DiariesSeries I.1868-1885Bound notebook186811Scope and ContentsNotebook is blank except for a handwritten title page, Presented to J.W. Stevenson by James J. Berry, Esq. March 1868 in Newport, Ky..Diary187712Diary187813Diary187914Diary188015Diary188121Diary1882 January-June22Diary1882 May-June 23Diary188324-6Diary188425Diary188526Letter booksSeries II.1877-1884Letter book1877 April 18-1878 July 28 31Letter book1878 September 9-1880 January 6 32Letter book1880 January 10-1880 August 4 41Letter book1880 August 12-1881 May 14 42Letter book1881 April 2-1882 November 2843Letter book1882 November 29-1884 December 1051Receipts and willSeries III.188552
John W. Stevenson papers