Tucker family papers, 1790-1932.

Creator: Tucker family.
Collection number: 2605
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Abstract: Tucker family of Virginia. Prominent family members include John Randolph Tucker (1823-1897), constitutional lawyer, legal scholar, U.S. representative, 1875-1887; and his son Henry St. George Tucker (1853- 1932), law professor, U.S. representative, 1889-1897 and 1922-1932, and gubernatorial aspirant. Personal, professional, and political correspondence of John Randolph Tucker (1823-1897) and his son, Henry St. George Tucker (1853-1932), and scattered papers of earlier members of the Tucker and Powell families in Virginia. Papers include lifelong correspondence between father and son; wide correspondence among Democratic Virginia politicians and constituents, American jurists, and statesmen, and a large family connection; and letters and papers, chiefly postbellum, of William Preston Johnston (1831-1899), president of Louisiana State University and Tulane University and Henry St. George Tucker’s father-in-law.Tucker correspondence, beginning 1843, concerns the law practice of father and son and other litigation in Virginia; factional, state, sectional, and national politics, issues, campaigns, and legislation; and legal and governmental theory and public speaking and writing mainly about constitutional interpretation. Papers also concern industrial development in the Shenandoah Valley; George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; expositions at St. Louis, Jamestown, Va., and San Francisco; the American Bar Association; public education in Virginia; and Washington and Lee University. There are no congressional papers of Henry St. George Tucker for the period, 1922-1932, and only a few letters relating to J. R. Tucker’s work as attorney general of Virginia, 1857-1865.Volumes include two account books, 1821-1845 and 1848-1862; a lettercopy book, 1859-1861 and 1864; and scrapbooks of notes and clippings. Also included are antebellum personal and political papers of the Powell family of Virginia and scattered papers relating to Henry St. George Tucker (1780-1848), jurist, and (Nathaniel) Beverley Tucker (1820-1890), Confederate agent.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Papers include materials relating to Henry St. George Tucker’s opposition to federal anti- lynching measures.