Hemphill Family papers, 1784-1958

Source Collection

This digital collection comprises selected materials from the following archival collection at David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library:

Hemphill family papers 1784-1966, bulk 1780s-1930s

Collection #RL.00527 | 30 Linear Feet (50 boxes; 38 volumes)

The Hemphill family was based in Abbeville and Charleston, South Carolina, and in Georgia and Texas. Collection includes correspondence, sermons, photographs, journals, scrapbooks, memorabilia, and other papers, of William Ramsey Hemphill, Presbyterian minister, and of his sons, James Calvin Hemphill and Robert Reid Hemphill, newspaper editors, and other family members, including John Lind Hemphill, also a minister, and John "Champ" Hemphill, a judge and politician in Texas. The papers document aspects of the Revolutionary War; national, South Carolina, and Texas politics and judiciary; enslavement and emancipation; abolition and temperance; Confederate politics and military campaigns; Reconstruction; postbellum race relations; and journalism. Correspondents include William Jennings Bryan, Andrew Carnegie, James Beauchamp "Champ" Clark, Grover Cleveland, Josephus Daniels, Jefferson Davis, Francis W. Dawson, Sr., Ellen Glasgow, Carter Glass, Henry P. Grady, Wade Hampton, George Swinton Legaré, William G. McAdoo, William G. McCabe, Adolph S. Ochs, George Washington Ochs, James L. Orr, Walter Hines Page, Joseph Pulitzer, Whitelaw Reid, William Howard Taft, Benjamin R. Tillman, Joseph P. Tumulty, Oscar W. Underwood, Oswald Garrison Villard, Booker T. Washington, and Henry Watterson.

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