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Elbert Hartwell English Letter, 1875

Identifier: MC-1954-62

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A letter from Little Rock, Arkansas, September, 1875, written by E. H. English to Hon. I. T. Adair of the Cherokee Nation, tells of the reconstruction problems. He mentions troubles with carpet-baggers, but goes on to say "... after ten years of oppression, our people overthrew them, and put me back in my old place. They left the State as poor as Job's turkey, but I think it will rise rapidly again."


  • 1875-09


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Biographical / Historical

Elbert Hartwell English was born Mar. 16, 1816, to James and Nancy McCracken English in Alabama. As a leader in the Grand Chapter Masonic Lodge, established Apr. 28, 1851, Elbert was elected the first Grand High Priest. He also served on the Board of Trustees for St. John’s College. English served as the Arkansas Supreme Court’s Reporter of Decisions, 1845-1854. He was elected as the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court Dec. 21, 1854, and held the position until 1864 and then again from 1874 until his death Sept. 1, 1884.


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Good, heavy paper and comparatively easy to read.

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Part of the Helmerich Center for American Research at Gilcrease Museum. Repository

1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Tulsa Ok 74127