Creator: Fitzpatrick, Benjamin, 1802-1869.
Collection number: 3291
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Abstract: The collection is chiefly papers of Benjamin Fitzpatrick, along with some papers of his son, Benjamin, Jr. (1854-1892). Papers of the elder Fitzpatrick consist of documents relating to his legal practice; plantation records, including receipts and bills of sale for slaves; material from his political career as governor of Alabama, 1841-1844, as U.S. senator and representative from Alabama, 1848-1860, as nominee for the Democratic vice- presidential candidacy in 1860, and attendance at the convention held in Baltimore, Md., that same year; and personal correspondence, including letters from political allies, such as Dixon Hall Lewis, and from Fitzpatrick, Sr., to his wife and son. There are also letters from other members of the Fitzpatrick family, including one describing West Texas in the 1840s. The papers of Benjamin Fitzpatrick, Jr., 1854-1892, consist of school compositions and essays he wrote while a student at the Greene Springs School, run by Henry Tutwiler, in Hale County, Ala.; letters to and from his mother, Aurelia Blassingame Fitzpatrick, and other family members; and financial and legal documents relating to his law career.
Repository: Southern Historical Collection
Collection Highlights: The collection includes receipts for purchases of slaves (in Sub Series 1.1) and a letter from Dixon H. Lewis discussing abolitionists (1841). Microfilm available.