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Guide to the John J. Crittenden Papers, 1786-1932

Abstract

This collection contains family and political correspondence, scrapbooks, a letter book, and speeches related to John J. Crittenden's service as a Kentucky legislator and governor, as a member of both houses of Congress, and as a Cabinet officer. The papers contain information on the political life and public issues in Kentucky and the nation during the antebellum period, with significant material concerning Crittenden's efforts to avert the Civil War by means of a compromise plan in 1861. Other papers pertain to the private life of the family, and to the publication of "The Life of John J. Crittenden," by his daughter, Mary Ann Butler Crittenden Coleman (1871). The collection also includes unpublished papers from Thomas Hart Benton, James Buchanan, William Butler, Henry Clay, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, John Marshall, James Monroe, Franklin Pierce, Winfield Scott, William H. Seward, Alexander H. Stephens, Benjamin Taylor, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, and Daniel Webster.

Descriptive Summary

Title
John J. Crittenden papers
Creator
Crittenden, John J. (John Jordan), 1787-1863
Extent
3.0 Linear feet, 6 boxes, 1,055 items, 3 vols.
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection contains family and political correspondence, scrap books, a letter book, and speeches relating to John J. Crittenden's service as Kentucky legislator and Governor, as member of both houses of Congress, and as a Cabinet officer. The papers contain information on the political life and public issues in Kentucky during the antebellum period, with significant material concerning Crittenden's efforts to avert the Civil War by means of a compromise plan in 1861.

In addition to the political related materials are papers pertaining to the private life of the family and the publication of "The Life of John. J. Crittenden," by his daughter, Mary Ann Butler Crittenden Coleman (1871). Also included are unpublished letters from Thomas Hart Benton, James Buchanan, William Butler, Henry Clay, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Jackson, James Madison, John Marshall, James Monroe, Franklin Pierce, Winfield Scott, William H. Seward, Alexander H. Stephens, Benjamin Taylor, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, and Daniel Webster.

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Contents of the Collection

Genealogical information, undated
Box 1
Letters, 1786-1849
(10 folders)
Box 1
Letters, 1850-1881
(10 folders)
Box 2
Letters, 1873-1933 and undated
(5 folders)
Box 3
Other writings, undated
(3 folders)
Box 3
Speeches, undated
(8 folders)
Box 4
Printed materials and clippings, undated
(3 folders)
Box 5
Fragments and photos, undated
Box 5
List of letters, undated
Box 5
Scrapbooks, undated
(3 folders)
Box 6
Drafts and notes of speeches and letters, undated
Volume M:7011

Historical Note

John J. Crittenden (1787-1863) was a Kentucky lawyer and statesman from Frankfort (Franklin Co). During his career he served as a Kentucky legislator, as Kentucky governor, as a member of both houses of the U.S. Congress, and as a Cabinet officer. His political career spans the antebellum and early Civil War periods and he was involved in a futile attempt to prevent the onset of the Civil War through a political settlement in 1861.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the John J. Crittenden Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

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