Scope and Contents
Papers of Judge Gideon D. Camden (1805-1891) of Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, a lawyer, Democratic politician, member of the Virginia Convention of 1850-1851, circuit judge, and state senator (1872-1876). Includes business correspondence, financial records, legal papers, and court records. Materials include the early land papers of Camden's law partner, John J. Allen, and the legal papers of the firm Allen and Camden, which deal primarily with land suits and surveys in Harrison and surrounding counties. Later legal and business papers relate to the development of the West Virginia oil fields and Camden's extensive holdings in mineral and timber lands in central West Virginia. Other papers concern the Constitutional Convention of 1872, subsequent ratification, attempts to remove the legislature to Clarksburg, and West Virginia politics in general, particularly the period 1860-1874. Other subjects include Diss Debar's attempts to stimulate immigration from Alsace-Lorraine; H.G. Davis and the development of West Virginia railroads; and a debate on Christian baptism at Fairmont, 1872, between Benjamin Franklin and Professor Solomon of West Virginia University. Correspondents include Henry G. Davis, John J. Davis, J.H. Diss Debar, Johnson N. Camden, John J. Allen, Spencer Dayton, John S. Carlile, John Bassel, James M. Bennett, David Goff, Lot M. Morrill, James S. Wheat, Alpheus J. Haymond, John Jay Jackson, Jr. and Sr., George R. Latham, Nimrod Dent, Benjamin F. Martin, Okey Johnson, J. Marshall Hagans, J.W. Arbogast, and W.J. Bland.
Series 1. Business Correspondence; 1832-1884; box 1-3, folders 1-12. (For a partial inventory of this series, see control folder.)
Series 2. Box 3, folder 13.
Series 3. Personal Accounts, Receipts, and Statements; 1832-1891, undated; box 3, folders 14-16.
Series 4. Legal Papers; 1816-1892, undated; boxes 4-5, folders 17-25.
Series 5. Court Records and Miscellaneous Items; ca. 1863-1890, undated; box 5, folder 26.
2.1 Linear Feet (Summary: 2 ft. 1 in. (5 document cases, 5 in. each))