James Mathews Griggs papers, 1836; 1892-1913.

Creator: Griggs, James Mathews, 1861-1910.
Collection number: 838
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Abstract: Teacher, lawyer, state circuit judge, political leader, and U.S. representative (1896-1910), from Dawson, Ga. Correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, and clippings. Much of the correspondence is with constituents, Georgia political leaders, and members of the judiciary and the press, and relates to public issues and activities in Congress during Griggs’s term of office, 1896-1910, as U.S. representative from Georgia. Among the subjects discussed are elections and candidates, rural mail service, railroad rates, tariff reduction, national forests, farming, Prohibition, the Panama Canal, and appropriations for the Post Office Department and the Army. Also included is correspondence with overseers of Griggs’s farm at Shellman, Ga.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Correspondence and other papers of Griggs of Dawson, Georgia, state circuit judge and U.S. Representative. Letters relate to Democratic Party matters and congressional activities, including congressional minority leadership and committee appointments (Folder 11). The collection also contains newspaper clippings about the Atlanta Race Riot (1906), which is in Volume 6.