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William Edwin Chilton (1858-1939) Papers

Collection Number: A&M.1652


Correspondence, legal papers, and speeches of a lawyer, Democratic politician, publisher of the CHARLESTON GAZETTE, and U.S. Senator (1911-1917); and correspondence of his son, William E. Chilton, Jr. editor of the GAZETTE. A wide range of topics are discussed: state and national Democratic politics during the 1930s; family affairs; and the senator's business interests in West Virginia and Kentucky coal lands, including the Kanawha Coal Operators Association. Subjects covered include: coal import duties, thickness of coal in Pocahontas mines 2 and 6, uses of coal in Kanawha County, West Virginia, New River Pocahontas coal, and transportation of coal. Correspondents include George W. Atkinson, Newton D. Baker, Alben W. Barkley, Cole L. Blease, William E. Borah, Arthur Brisbane, William G. Conley, John J. Cornwell, Josephus Daniels, John W. Davis, Charles Edison, Andrew Edmiston, James A. Farley, John N. Garner, William Green, Walter S. Hallanan, Henry D. Hatfield, Leon Henderson, Homer A. Holt, Rush D. Holt, Louis Howe, Philip C. Jessup, George W. Johnson, Louis Johnson, John Kee, John N. Kenna, H.G. Kump, Robert M. LaFollette, Jr., William G. McAdoo, W.A. MacCorkle, Robert R. McCormick, Clarence W. Meadows, Dwight W. Morrow, M.M. Neely, George W. Norris, H.C. Ogden, C.W. Osenton, Robert L. Owen, Jennings Randolph, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Daniel C. Roper, Jouett Shouse, Gray Silver, C.E. Smith, Harry S. Truman, Carl Vinson, Thomas J. Walsh, James E. Watson, and Burton K. Wheeler. Other topics mentioned are: the operation and editorial policy of the Charleston Gazette; the American Protective League; Public Ownership League; the World Court; London Naval Conference; the Franklin D. Roosevelt boom, 1931-1932; prohibition; Association Against the Prohibition Amendment; bank crisis; state patronage; the money question, 1933-1938; Franklin D. Roosevelt's court plan; Charleston Naval Ordnance Plant; Charleston civic affairs; WPA operations; and authorship of the Federal Reserve Act.


  • 1917, 1928-1939


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


6.7 Linear Feet (Summary: 6 ft. 8 in. (16 document cases, 5 in. each))

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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:
William Edwin Chilton (1858-1939) Papers, 1917, 1928-1939
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Part of the West Virginia and Regional History Center Repository

1549 University Ave.
P.O. Box 6069
Morgantown WV 26506-6069 US