The Resource Executive papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson

Executive papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson

Label
Executive papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson, 1902-1913
Title
Executive papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson
Inclusive dates
1902-1913
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Language
eng
Summary
  • Governor Claude A. Swanson's Executive papers are organized alphabetically by folder title. These papers mainly consist of papers during Claude A. Swansons' four-year term as governor between 1 February 1906 and 1 February 1910. Compared to the papers of previous & subsequent governors, Swanson's Executive Papers lack incoming correspondence. The correspondence, however, does include a significant amount of letters to/from William A. Anderson, Attorney General. In addition, Swanson's papers contain proclamations from other states, quarterly reports submitted by the several state mental hospitals, and rejected applications for pardons and political disabilities
  • The Executive Papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson are housed in seven archival boxes and are arranged alphabetically. The Executive Papers include correspondence, reports, proclamations, pay rolls, petitions, indictments, prison records, and other sundry records. The largest amount of papers relate to rejected applications for pardons and the reinstatement of political disabilities. These records are arranged alphabetically by prisoner and include correspondence to/from Governor Swanson from individuals requesting pardons or reinstatement of political disabilities. These records often include copies of indictments, petitions, and prison records supporting the individual's claim
  • Also significant are quarterly statements submitted by Central State Hospital, Eastern State Hospital, Southwestern State Hospital, & Western State Hospital. These statements provide information on the condition of the hospitals including maintenance, building repairs, contracts, insurance, accounts (receipts & disbursements), & internal conditions. The internal condition portion of the statement documents the number of patients present, admitted, discharged, died, rejected, applied, etc. Additionally, the statements provide information on pay patients, officers & employees, and changes in officers & employees (includes name of employee, removed, resigned, or died, cause of removal, & person succeeded by)
  • The correspondence within Governor Swanson's Executive Papers documents a small portion of incoming correspondence during Swanson's four-year term in office. This correspondence sometimes includes a copy of the Governor's response. Filed separately is correspondence from the governor related to the payment of bills. This correspondence is arranged alphabetically and often includes receipts. The expenses mostly relate to extraditions & requisitions, shipping, housewares, telegraphs, etc
  • Proclamations from other states are also prevalent within Governor Swanson's Executive Papers. Included are proclamations for Thanksgiving Days, Memorial Days, Arbor Days, Flag Days, & other observances. Noteworthy is Swanson's own proclamation proclaiming a cattle quarantine in Loudoun County (1906 Sept 29) and an Arbor Day proclamation (1907 Mar. 6)
  • Lastly, quarantine records from the Newport News Quarantine Station document the inspection of incoming vessels. The quarterly reports in this collection provide the name of the vessel, commander, date of arrival, where from, destination, cargo, condition of vessel, condition of cargo, number & sanitary condition of crew, number & sanitary condition of passengers, disease found on inspection, and number of deaths
Note
Agency history record describes the history and functions of the Virginia Governor's Office. (Search Virginia Governor's Office as author).
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Biographical or historical data
Claude Augustus Swanson was born 31 March 1862 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. He attended public schools and Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. Swanson graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1885 and from the University of Virginia law school in 1886. Admitted to the bar in 1886, he commenced practicing in Pittsylvania County. Swanson was elected to Congress and served from 1893 to 1906. He resigned to serve as Governor of Virginia, holding that office from 1906 to 1910. In August 1910, Swanson was appointed Senator of Virginia to fill out an expired term and was subsequently reappointed then relected, serving as senator until 1933. In 1933, Swanson was appointed Secretary of the Navy under Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945) and held that position until his death 7 July 1939 in Madison County, Virginia. Swanson was buried in Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Deane Lyons (d. 1920) 11 December 1894 and her sister Lulie Lyons Hall October 1923, but had no children by either wife.
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Executive papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaead/published/lva/vi03141.xml.frame
Note
These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG# 3)
Arrangement
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Extent
3.05
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Executive papers of Governor Claude A. Swanson, 1902-1913 (bulk 1906-1909).
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001653860
Terms governing use
There are no use restrictions.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (7 boxes)

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