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Executive Papers

Executive Papers, 1919-1929
Executive Papers
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  • Governor E. Lee Trinkle Executive Papers, 1919-1929 (bulk 1922-1926), are organized into two series. Series have been designated for I. Subject Files; and II. Extraditions, Pardons, and Prison Affairs. These papers mainly consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence during E. Lee Trinkle's four-year term as governor between 1 February 1922 and 1 February 1926. The largest and most significant series is the Subject Files Series. This series provides an in-depth look into the major concerns confronting Trinkle as governor. The Extraditions, Pardons, and Prison Affairs Series includes applications, correspondence, extraditions, pardons and requisitions
  • The Subject files series, 1919-1929 (bulk 1922-1926) is housed in seventy-eight archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically by subject. This series documents correspondence received and sent by Governor Trinkle during his four-year term as governor of Virginia. In addition to correspondence, there are reports, proclamations, telegrams, orders, resolutions, acts, publications, news clippings, invitations, proceedings, financial statements, invoices, and other sundry items. Topics include Agriculture, Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, Budget appropriations, State Board of Censors, Coal conferences and contracts, Confederate reunions, Deaf and Blind school in Staunton, Education, Gasoline tax, General Assembly sessions, Highways, State Hospitals, Illiteracy Conferences, Judgeships, Monticello Association, Mount Vernon Board of Visitors, National Guard, National Prison Conference, expansion of the Virginia State Office Building, Penitentiary, Southern Exposition, State Board of Education, State Corporation Commission, Virginia Industrial schools, Virginia Military Institute, War Memorial Commission, and Yorktown General Committee, among others
  • Included is information on the carving at Stone Mountain, Georgia, including suggestions as to what Confederate generals to put on the monument, brochures, fund raising, Gutzon Borglum's removal, and Trinkle's address at the memorial. Included are State Institutions Special Reports, which contain a variety of information, from the number of veterans at the R.E. Lee Camp Soldiers Home, to the number of students at the Virginia Industrial School for Colored Girls, and information on fisheries and the oyster beds in Virginia. The Rewards folders includes information regarding threats by the KKK and a kidnapping case. Also included are appointments to various boards such as the Censorship Board, State Board of Dairy and Food Commissioners, Commissioner of Fisheries, Forest warden, Highway Commissioners, Industrial Commission, Judges, Labor Commissioner, National Rivers and Harbor Congress, Notaries Public, State Board of Optometry, State Geologist, Superintendents of Public Schools, State Veterinarian, Virginia War History Commission, and West Point appointments
  • Of note, are the papers relating to Highways and the United States Good Road Association. Trinkle wanted to reorganize and fund the state highway system through issuing bonds. Trinkle's bond plan was obstructed by Harry Byrd and other Democratic leaders who preferred raising taxes on gasoline to fund the project. A special session of the General Assembly was called in February 1923 and the competing plans were debated, with the gas tax plan winning out in the end and effectively ended Trinkle's political career. The last two years of Trinkle's term he focused on the state prisons but essentially became a government figurehead
  • The Extraditions, Pardons, and Prison Affairs series, 1922-1926, is housed in twenty-three archival boxes and is arranged into three subseries. Subseries have been designated for: A. Extraditions, B. Pardons, and C. Prison Affairs. Included are arrest warrants, correspondence, court orders, extradition requisitions, pardon applications, petitions, prison records, telegrams, and newspaper clippings. Subseries A: Extraditions, is arranged alphabetically by last name and includes correspondence, telegrams, and extradition requisitions to and from Virginia
  • Subseries B: Pardons includes letters from family members asking for pardons of relatives; letters from prisoners asking for pardons; letters from politicians on behalf of prisoners; and petitions asking for pardons of prisoners. The records include the name of prisoner, date committed, age, occupation, court, crime, and term information. Unlike his predecessor, Governor Westmoreland Davis, Governor Trinkle was a firm believer in Prohibition, campaigned promising to uphold prohibition laws, and consistently denied pardons for any alcohol related crimes. Also included are requests for the removal of political disabilities, requests to have driving rights restored, and regain forfeited automobiles. Subseries C: Prison Affairs includes correspondence from citizens asking the Governor to waive local fines imposed and from prisoners regarding their cases. Also included is correspondence relating to the State Board of Charities, Corrections, and Probations, and the State Board of Public Welfare, both mostly relating to the welfare of children and children that were placed in Industrial Schools and reform schools
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Governor Elbert Lee Trinkle was born in Wytheville, Virginia, in 1876. Trinkle attended Hampden-Sydney College and studied law at the University of Virginia. He returned to Wytheville in 1898 to practice law. He entered politics as Wythe County Democratic Chairman and was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 1915. Trinkle ran for governor in 1921 and easily defeated former congressman St. George Tucker in the Democratic primary and Republican Henry Watkins Anderson in the general election. He served as governor of Virginia from 1922 until 1926. After his governorship, Trinkle accepted a position as Vice-President of the Shenandoah Life Insurance of Roanoke. In 1930 Governor John Pollard appointed Trinkle chairman of the State Board of Education, a post he held until his death from a heart attack on 25 November 1939.
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Library of Virginia,
Executive Papers
These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG#3)
Organized into the following series: Series I: Subject files and Series II: Extraditions, Pardons, and Prison Affairs
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Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth
Type of unit
cu. ft. (103 boxes)

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