The Resource Executive papers of Governor Henry C. Stuart

Executive papers of Governor Henry C. Stuart

Executive papers of Governor Henry C. Stuart, 1857-1918
Executive papers of Governor Henry C. Stuart
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  • The Executive Papers of Henry Carter Stuart are housed in seventy-three archival boxes and are arranged in alphabetical order by subject. These papers mainly consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence during Henry C. Stuart's four-year term as governor between 1 February 1914 and 1 February 1918. Correspondence in this collection generally relates to appointments, recommendations, legislation, speaking engagements, extraditions, roads and transportation, convicts and the Penitentiary, crime, immigration, pardons & commutations, state mental hospitals, women's suffrage, Confederate pensions, the Gettysburg Monument unveiling, conferences, requisitions, invitations, education, prohibition, Mexican Border service, quarantine, state boards, the John Tyler Monument, schools and universities, Monticello, the Governor's Mansion, martial law in Hopewell, the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, the War in Europe and others. Most correspondence sent to the governor includes a copy of his response, or the response by Alexander Forward, Secretary to the Governor. In addition to correspondence, there are reports, proclamations, telegrams, orders, resolutions, acts, publications, news clippings, invitations, opinions, proceedings, financial statements, photographs, invoices, broadsides, and other sundry items
  • Governor Stuart corresponded with many individuals. Noteworthy correspondents includes the following: W.W. Sale, Adjutant General; John Garland Pollard, Attorney General; C. Lee Moore, Auditor of Public Accounts; Dr. W.F. Drewry, Superintendent, Central State Hospital; Giles B. Jackson, President of the Negro Historical & Industrial Association; William A. Bowles, Superintendent of the Deaf, Dumb, & Blind School; Dr. George W. Brown, Superintendent, Eastern State Hospital; William Jennings Bryan & Robert Lansing, Secretaries of State; Thomas S. Martin & Claude A. Swanson, U.S. Senate; John S. Parsons, Commissioner of Fisheries; Dr. Thomas L. Watson, State Geologist; Col. John W. Richardson, Superintendent of Grounds & Buildings; LeRoy Hodges, Secretary, Virginia Commission on Economy and Efficiency; Charles C. Moore, President of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition; J.B. Wood, Superintendent of the Penitentiary; John H. Johnson, Pension Clerk; J. Sidney Peters, Prohibition Commissioner; Dr. J.G. Ferneyhough, State Veterinarian; George Coleman, State Highway Commissioner; Duncan U. Fletcher, President, & Clarence J. Owens, Managing Director, Southern Commercial Congress; Dr. E.H. Henderson, Superintendent, Southwestern State Hospital; R.C. Stearnes, Superintendent of Public Instruction; Harry F. Byrd, President of the Valley Turnpike Company; E.W. Nicholas, Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute; J.D. Eggleston, President of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute; Lyon G. Tyler, President of William & Mary College; and Lila M. Valentine, President of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia
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Henry Carter Stuart was born on 18 January 1855 in Wytheville, Virginia, to William Alexander Stuart and Mary Taylor Carter Stuart. The nephew of renowned Civil War Cavalry commander, Jeb Stuart, Henry attended Emory and Henry College and the University of Virginia where he studied law in 1874-1875. Stuart worked with his father on his successful cattle farms in Southwestern Virginia which became incorporated as the Stuart Land and Cattle Company in 1884. Stuart represented Russell County in the Constitutional Convention of 1902. He also was appointed by Governor Andrew Montague as a commissioner in the newly created State Corporation Commission in 1903. He served as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Virginia between 1902 and 1905. Elected unopposed on the Democratic ticket as governor in 1913, Stuart took office on 1 February 1914. During his administration, Stuart helped establish the Prohibition Commission, revise the tax code, quell the disorder in the city of Hopewell, and prepare Virginians for World War I. Significant events during his governorship included his attendance at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in San Francisco, Ca., in 1915, the involvement in Virginia troops on the Mexican Border, and the dedication of the Virginia Monument at Gettysburg, Pa., in 1917. After his four-year term in office, Stuart returned to his cattle business. He died at his estate of Elk Garden on 24 July 1933. Stuart married his cousin Margaret Bruce Carter on 26 February 1896 and had a daughter named Mary Fulton who was born in 1898.
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Executive papers of Governor Henry C. Stuart
These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG# 3)
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Organized into the following series: Executive papers of Governor Henry C. Stuart, 1857-1918 (bulk 1914-1917).
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