William D. Pruden papers, 1812-1919 (bulk 1880-1919).

Creator: Pruden, William D., 1847-1918.
Collection number: 1909
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Abstract: William Dossey Pruden, of Edenton, N.C., was a lawyer, an active Democrat, and the North Carolina member of the commission deciding the boundary between northeast North Carolina and southeast Virginia in 1886- 1888. Chiefly correspondence, 1880-1919, of Pruden with friends and legal colleagues relating to personal matters, national and state politics, business trends, social conditions, and other matters. Prohibition is mentioned frequently as is the Norfolk and Southern Railroad, for which Pruden was attorney. Of particular interest are 116 letters, received 1886-1888, about the work of the Boundary Commission. Also included is a book of personal accounts, 1867-1869, that contains an eight-page family history.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: One letter mentions the African-American vote (1884). Microfilm available.