Hanson and Prewitt papers, 1854-1870

Descriptive Summary

Title
Hanson and Prewitt papers, 1854-1870
Creator
Hanson, Roger Weightman, 1827-1863.
Extent
.45 cubic feet
Subjects
Hanson, Roger Weightman, 1827-1863.
Prewitt, Richard Hickman, b. 1833.
Hanson and Prewitt.
Business records--Kentucky--19th century.
Debtor and creditor.
Land titles--Registration and transfer.
Law firms--Kentucky--Lexington.
Law--Kentucky--19th century.
Law partnership--Kentucky--Lexington.
Lawyers--Kentucky.
Practice of law--Kentucky.
Probate records.
Lawyers.
Lexington (Ky.)
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: Archives Staff ; machine-readable finding aid created by:Eric Weig
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lawyer. Richard Hickman Prewitt was born near Boonesborough, Ky., June 11, 1833. After early education in Clark County (Ky.), Prewitt graduated from Bethany College, Va. in 1853; a few years later he received his MA degree, also from Bethany College. He attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. (1855-1856) and graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in law in 1857. From 1857 to 1863 he practiced law in Lexington, Ky., with Roger W. Hanson. After the death of his law partner in 1863, he continued to practice law until 1866.
Lawyer Roger Weightman Hanson was born August 27, 1827 in Winchester, Ky. After serving as a lieutenant in the War with Mexico, he returned home, fought a duel in which he was severely wounded and while convalescing from his wound he studied law. In 1850 he began his law practice in Winchester and in 1853 was elected to the state legislature from Winchester. In 1855, after moving to Lexington he was again elected to serve in the state legislature, this time representing Fayette County. It was in Lexington where he practiced law with Richard Prewitt from 1857 until his death in 1863.
Scope and Content
These are the letters of Roger Hanson, the law firm of Hanson and Prewitt and of Richard Hickman Prewitt. The collection consists mainly of letters to Richard Hickman Prewitt and Roger Weightman Hanson, law partners, from clients, friends and business people. The majority of the letters concern legal and financial matters as well as business transactions. Topics include land, probation of wills, litigation, debts, questions of land ownership, settlement of accounts and other items of a general legal nature. Many of the letters reflect delay on the part of Prewitt and Hanson in responding to clients' requests.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Materials must be requested at least 5 days before your appointment.

Researchers must have an SCRC Researcher Account to request materials. View account set-up and use instructions here.

Questions? Contact SCRC via our Contact Form.

You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Materials must be requested at least 5 days before your appointment.

Researchers must have an SCRC Researcher Account to request materials. View account set-up and use instructions here.

Questions? Contact SCRC via our Contact Form.

Requests

No items have been requested.



  1. Schedule an appointment. Properly fitting masks are required.

  2. Submit a request for SCRC materials.



You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.