Recollections of my life, ca. 1898.

Creator: Killebrew, J. B. (Joseph Buckner), 1831-1906.
Collection number: 3373
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Abstract: Autobiography of Joseph Buckner Killebrew consisting of the personal, social, professional, and political memoirs of his early life and schooling in Montgomery County, Tenn.; education at the University of North Carolina, 1854-1856; antebellum life as a young lawyer and planter at Clarksville, Tenn.; the Civil War, during which he remained at home managing his farms, and Reconstruction; and his public career, 1870s through 1890s, as editor of an agricultural newspaper, state superintendent of public instruction, state commissioner of agriculture, author of a book on the agricultural and industrial resources of Tennessee, and investor in Mexican mines. The autobiography describes in detail Killebrew’s activities, opinions, and social milieu. Also included is a history of the Whitfield, Bryan, Ligon, Sims, and Wimberly families.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Autobiography of Killebrew of Tennessee, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Agriculture, and special expert for the Tenth Census, containing remarks on the hiring of free blacks in Tenn. during the years immediately following the Civil War and comments on the attitudes, problems, and wages of black workers. Typed transcript copy available.