Home > 19th Century, North Carolina, Plantations, Politics, State > Ralph Gorrell papers, 1797-1884 (bulk 1830-1874).

Ralph Gorrell papers, 1797-1884 (bulk 1830-1874).

October 12, 2009

Creator: Gorrell, Ralph, 1803-1875.
Collection number: 1520
View finding aid.

Abstract: Greensboro, N.C., lawyer, businessman, and Whig state legislator. The papers include family correspondence and scattered letters from prominent North Carolinians on public affairs, but by far the major portion are concerned with legal cases and legal business. There is a series, 1830-1835, relating to the mercantile firm of William Kerr and Company, Greensboro and Morganton, N.C., in which Ralph Gorrell was an inactive partner. Gorrell was a lawyer for the North Carolina Railroad Company, and scattered letters and papers relate to railroad business of that and other companies. There are also scattered papers of several gold mining companies with property near Greensboro and in nearby counties. Family correspondence includes letters to and from Henry C. Gorrell (d. 1862), a Confederate officer serving in Virginia.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection