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John Floyd (1783-1837), Research Papers of Charles H. Ambler

Collection Number: A&M 0363


Charles Henry Ambler (1876-1957) was a professor of history at West Virginia University and the author of numerous books about American and West Virginia history, including The Life and Diary of John Floyd (1918). Collection contains some of Ambler's research materials for this biography of Floyd, who was a soldier and surgeon in the Virginia militia in the early nineteenth century and the governor of Virginia from 1830 to 1834. One folder contains letters and notes from 1912 and 1913 related to Ambler's efforts to locate manuscript material related to Floyd and a partial typescript draft of Ambler's biography with handwritten annotations. Two additional folders contain typescript copies of letters that Ambler presumably collected during his research. Letters from 1778 to 1782 are chiefly from William Davies, William Preston, and Thomas Jefferson and primarily relate to the Revolutionary War and Virginia militia. Materials from 1830 to 1834 consist of letters between Floyd and John Tyler, Littleton Tazewell, Thomas Gilmer, and other mid-nineteenth-century politicians. Topics include Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, national and Virginia state politics, the status of Virginia, and the Nullification Crisis. It is unclear where the original manuscripts of these two folders of letters are located or when the typescripts were made.


  • Creation: 1775-1923


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0.25 Linear Feet (Summary: 3 in. (1 flat storage box))

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John Floyd (1783-1837), Research Papers of Charles H. Ambler, 1775-1923
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1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US