John Anthony Quitman papers
Letters, speeches, and papers of American lawyer, soldier, and statesman John Anthony Quitman, concerning the movement to annex Cuba and northern Mexico.
Language of Materials
Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
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Extent1.5 linear feet (2 boxes and 1 oversize volume)
Collection is concerned chiefly with the movement in the 1850s among prominent political and military leaders in the South to invade and capture Cuba and northern Mexico in order to extend slave territory. It consists primarily of over 250 letters to Major-General Quitman who was to lead the annexation movement. Most of the letters are dated 1854-1858, some are from 1847 when Quitman was in Mexico City. Also includes 10 letters by Quitman, 2 printed copies of his speeches in Congress, accounts of money raised for the annexation effort, pamphlets, newspapers covering the 1850 trials in New Orleans in which Quitman was indicted for alleged neutrality violations because of his support for the Lopez expeditions to Cuba, and letters to Quitman requesting autographs or speeches.
Biographical / Historical
Quitman (1799-1858), a lawyer, soldier, statesman, and Southern planter, championed states' rights for his adopted state of Mississippi. He was a brigadier general in the Mexican War and appointed governor, then major-general of Mexico City. He served briefly as governor of Mississippi, was involved in the movement to annex Cuba, and spent his last years, 1855-1858, in the U.S. Congress.
Arranged alphabetically by author.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from and given by Virginia Quitman McNealus,granddaughter of J. A. Quitman; received: 1931-1932.
- Quitman, John Anthony. John Anthony Quitman papers: Guide.
- Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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