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|Size||2.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 3000 items)|
|Abstract||David Franklin Caldwell was a politician and businessman of Greensboro, N.C. Caldwell was a member of the North Carolina legislature, 1848-1858, 1864, and 1879. The collection includes correspondence concerning family matters; railroads, banking and textile interests; and politics. Political correspondents (except in 1864) include constituents and fellow legislators, most of the prominent Whig politicians of the state in the 1850s, and many prominent postwar Democrats and conservative Republicans. There are few Civil War items.|
|Creator||Caldwell, D. F. (David Franklin), 1814-1898.|
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David Franklin Caldwell (1814-1898) was a politician and businessman of Greensboro, N.C. Caldwell was a member of the North Carolina legislature, 1848-1858, 1864, and 1879. Caldwell was a staunch Unionist and strongly opposed to secession. Nevertheless, with the outbreak of the Civil War he applied for a commission in the Confederate Army which was refused due to his previous political stance and doubts about his loyalty. He therefore enlisted as a private and served two years. After the war he returned to the practice of law and also briefly became involved in the operation of the Greensboro Patriot. In 1868, Caldwell was elected to the United States Congress but was disqualified from service by the Fourteenth Amendment. Caldwell's business interests included the financing of the North Carolina Railroad, as well as other railroads, cotton mills, and banks.Back to Top
The collection is chiefly correspondence of D. F. Caldwell concerning family matters; railroads, banking and textile interests; and politics. Caldwell was a member of the North Carolina legislature, 1848-1858, 1864, and 1879. Political correspondents (except in 1864) include constituents and fellow legislators, most of the prominent Whig politicians of the state in the 1850s, and many prominent postwar Democrats and conservative Republicans. There are also some financial and legal items, essays and poems, and other material. There are few Civil War items.
Prominent correspondents represented in the collection include John A. Gilmer, John S. Henderson, Edward Stanley, Victor Clay Barringer, Hamilton C. Jones, James Turner Morehead, Josiah Turner, William Alexander Graham, Kemp P. Battle, Thomas Jordan Jarvis, Zebulon Baird Vance, Josephus Daniels, Samuel A. Ashe, Alfred Dockery, C. H. Wiley, John Pool, A. S. Merrimon, A. M. Waddell, Oliver Hart Dockery, Thomas Ruffin Junior, Curtis Hooks Brogden, Matt Whitaker Ransom, Robert P. Dick, William McKendree Robbins, and John Kerr.Back to Top
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, July 2009
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.
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