The Resource Executive papers of Governor William Hodges Mann

Executive papers of Governor William Hodges Mann

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Executive papers of Governor William Hodges Mann, 1899-1914
Title
Executive papers of Governor William Hodges Mann
Inclusive dates
1899-1914
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eng
Summary
  • Governor William H. Mann's Executive papers are organized in two series. Series have been designated for Correspondence (Alphabetical) and Subject Files. These papers mainly consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence during William H. Mann's four-year term as governor between 1 February 1910 and 1 February 1914. The largest and most significant series is the Correspondence (Alphabetical) Series. This series provides an alphabetical arrangement of Governor Mann's correspondence, both incoming and outgoing, during his governorship. The Subject Files series provides a more in depth look into the major concerns confronting Mann as governor
  • Series I. The Correspondence (Alphabetical) series is housed in thirty archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically by first letter of the last name of correspondent, then chronologically. This series documents correspondence received and sent by Governor Mann 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. Correspondence in this series relates to appointments, recommendations, legislation, speaking engagements, the appointment of ex-governor Claude A. Swanson as senator to replace the late John W. Daniel, extraditions, roads, convicts and the Penitentiary, state mental hospitals, pardons & commutations, conferences, rewards for escaped convicts, Confederate pensions, invitations, education, Floyd Allen and the Hillsville Massacre, prohibition, the Jackson Equestrian Statue, the Gettysburg Anniversary Reunion and monument, and others
  • Series II. The Subject Files series is housed in twenty-four archival boxes and is arranged alphabetically. This series contains correspondence, legislation, proclamations, vouchers, receipts, contracts, news clippings, bills, minutes, statements, reports, recommendations, applications for pardons, prison records, petitions, and other sundry items. Included in this series are subject files related to the United Agricultural Board, the Virginia Penitentiary, Paid Bills, Rejected Applications for Pardons, Proclamations, the Adjutant General, the Attorney General, Recommendations, the Gettysburg Monument Committee, Racetrack Gambling in Norfolk, and others
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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
  • William Hodges Mann was born 30 July 1843 in Williamsburg, Virginia, to John Mann (d. 1843) and Mary Hunter Bowers Mann. He moved with his family to Rockbridge County, Virginia, in 1852, and attended Brownsburg Academy. In 1857, he moved to Petersburg, Virginia, where he apprenticed as a court clerk while studying law. When the Civil War began, Mann enlisted in the 12th Virginia Infantry until disabled by an injury. He worked for the Confederate government and as clerk of the circuit court of Dinwiddie County, Virginia. After the war ended, Mann began practicing law in Nottoway County, Virginia. He was elected judge and served from 1870 to 1891. Mann represented Nottoway, Brunswick, and Lunenburg Counties in the Virginia State Senate from 1899 to 1908. A prohibitionist, Mann authored the "Mann Bill" which closed saloons in 70 out of 100 Virginia counties.
  • Mann narrowly won the Democratic primary for governor and then easily won election for governor in 1909. Serving as governor from 1910 to 1914, Mann was the last Confederate veteran to hold the position as governor of Virginia. During his administration, Mann nearly succeeded in gaining statewide prohibition, but his bill failed to pass the Senate. Mann too sought to further advances in agriculture by establishing a United Agricultural Board, as well as a Convict Lime Board to build facilities to grind limestone with the use of convict labor. Important events occurred during his governorship in the area of capital punishment with the executions of Virginia Christian, the first female executed in Virginia, and Claude and Floyd Allen whose murder of Commonwealth's Attorney William Foster in a Carroll County Courthouse made national news. After his term, Mann moved to Petersburg, where he practiced law with his son. Mann also became president of the Citizens' Bank at Blackstone and the Bank of Crewe. He married first married Sallie Fitzgerald (d. 1882) in 1870, and they had no children. He married second Etta Donnan (ca. 1862-1960) October 1885, and they had two children, one of whom survived to adulthood. Mann died in Petersburg 12 December 1927, and was buried in Blandford Cemetery.
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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 William Hodges Mann
Link
http://ead.lib.virginia.edu/vivaxtf/view?docId=lva/vi03142.xml
Note
These records are part of the Governor's Office record group (RG# 3)
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25.18
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There are no access restrictions
Organization method
Organized into the following series: Series I. Correspondence (Alphabetical). Series II. Subject Files.
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001666801
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Type of unit
cu. ft. (56 boxes)

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