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George L. Douglass papers
1825-1924, 1825-1886 (bulk dates)
University of Kentucky Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40506
Collection is open for research.
[Identification of item], George L. Douglass papers, 1825-1924, 1825-1886 (bulk dates), 1F59M-272, Special Collections, University of Kentucky.
4 reels of microfilm.
Businessman. Douglass was involved in land developments in Louisville, Ky, and was an early investor in Western Union Telegraph Company. He was born in Barren County, Ky. the son of William and Lemira Douglass. In 1831 he married Drusilla Rutherford near Shepherdstown, Virginia. He became an agent for the Post Office Department of the Southwest in 1836. In 1840 and 1841, he served as Postmaster of Louisville. In the 1840's and 1850's, he made extensive purchases of land in Madison County, Mississippi. After the Civil War, he became involved with Western Union, along with Norvin Green. Douglass's only child was Sally Carter. Her son, Ellerbee Carter, was a Louisville attorney and financier.
The major portion (3 reels) of the collection is made up of the business papers of George Douglass. His papers include receipts, checks, tax statements, ledgers, and notes on several lawsuits in which he was involved. Some of the papers concern Douglass's farming operations in Mississippi and his career as Louisville Postmaster. There is one letter written by M. E. Rutherford from Charlestown, Virginia in May, 1861 which describes conditions at Harper's Ferry. Another letter, written by John W. Hall from Danville, Virginia, April 11, 1865, describes the efforts to save Confederate funds, while a letter written about the same time describes the conditions in Richmond after the Confederate surrender. There are a few records and receipts belonging to Douglass's only child, Sally Carter, who resided in East Orange, New Jersey. There are also personal and business papers of Ellerbee Carter, a Louisville attorney and financier.