Richmond Pearson papers, 1852-1940 (bulk 1872-1912).

Creator: Pearson, Richmond, 1852-1923.
Collection number: 3647
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Abstract: Pearson, lawyer of Asheville, N.C., was U.S. consul in Belgium; Democratic North Carolina representative, 1884-1886; Republican U.S. representative, 1895-1899 and 1900-1901; consul in Genoa, Italy; minister to Persia, Greece, and Montenegro; and supporter of Theodore Roosevelt’s Progressive Party campaign in 1912. Papers, chiefly 1872-1912, pertaining to Pearson’s public activities, especially congressional campaigns, Republican-Populist fusion, and the Progressive campaign, with little on legislative and foreign service. Also included are Pearson’s accounts as executor of the estate of his father, Richmond Mumford Pearson (1805-1878); and scrapbooks of clippings relating to a controversy over a stock and fence law and challenges to duels, and on Pearson’s campaigns and legislative service.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Includes two agreements related to the hiring of slaves in 1852 and 1856 in Richmond, Va.  (Folder 2).