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George Robert Latham (1832-1917), Civil War and West Virginia Statehood Papers

 Collection
Collection Number: A&M.0066

Overview

Correspondence, speeches and essays, and other papers pertaining to the military and diplomatic service of Colonel George R. Latham (1832-1917), who was a delegate to the Wheeling Convention in 1861, colonel of the 2nd West Virginia Infantry during the Civil War, a member of Congress from 1865 to 1867, and the United States consul in Australia from 1867 to 1870. Materials from the late 1860s and early 1870s relate to the consulate in Melbourne. These include shares of the Fiji Adventure of the Polynesia Company (1869) and papers regarding the Civil War soldier pension of Arthur Sharpley (1872), who appointed Latham as his attorney. Materials from 1914 to 1917 relate to Latham's pursuit of historical information about West Virginia statehood, the Civil War, and various Constitutional matters. It appears that Latham was gathering this information in preparation for writing his reminiscences. Also included are speeches and essays, most of which were probably written by Latham, on U.S. public lands, the constitutionality of West Virginia statehood, and Memorial Day and the Civil War.

Dates

  • 1862-1882, 1914-1917, undated
  • 1914 - 1917

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Conditions Governing Access

No special access restriction applies.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish or reproduce is required from the copyright holder. For more information, please contact the West Virginia and Regional History Center.

Biographical / Historical

George Robert Latham was born near Haymarket, Virginia, in 1832. He practiced law in Grafton, Virginia (now West Virginia), in the late 1850s. Latham served as a delegate to the Wheeling convention for the formation of West Virginia and was colonel of the 2nd West Virginia Infantry (which became the 5th West Virginia Cavalry) during the Civil War. Latham was a member of the 39th Congress from 1865 to 1867 and the United States consul in Melbourne, Australia, from 1867 to 1870. He then returned to West Virginia. George Robert Latham died on 16 December 1917.

Extent

0.2 Linear Feet (Summary: 2 in. (3 folders))

Physical Location

West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Title
George Robert Latham (1832-1917), Civil War and West Virginia Statehood Papers, 1862-1882, 1914-1917, undated
Author
Staff of the West Virginia & Regional History Center
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

Contact:
1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US
304-293-3536