George Washington Sargent papers, 1840-1900.

Creator: Sargent, George Washington, d. 1864.
Collection number: 4025
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Abstract: George Washington Sargent, the son of Winthrop Sargent (1753- 1820) and of Mary McIntosh (Williams) Sargent, was born in Mississippi, where his father was the first territorial governor. After his marriage to Margaret Percy, he lived in Philadelphia, Pa., and Natchez, Miss., from which he managed his family’s extensive property holdings in Ohio, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The collection includes ten letter books and letterpress copybooks, 1840-1862, primarily containing copies of business correspondence related to the management of Sargent’s extensive property in Ohio and Mississippi, including detailed letters, 1851-1862, on plantation management, the collection of notes and mortgages, the sale of crops, and other financial matters. Also included are copies of letters from Sargent to his wife, Margaret Percy Sargent, and other members of his family. There are also an account book, 1842-1846, relating to the estate of George Washington Sargent’s mother, Mary McIntosh Williams Sargent, including her land holdings in Mississippi and Louisiana, and another account book that is pasted over with political newspaper clippings, 1862-1900.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Folder 7 includes an account book containing speeches and statements of political leaders concerning the North and South, slavery, and emancipation, and Reconstruction (1860- 1865). Microfilm available.