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Lot 570

Collection of TN Governors' Signatures, circa 1874-1973

Estimate: $300 - $350

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Collection of correspondence signed by Tennessee governors, dating 1874-1973. The autographs of most governors of the period are represented, including John C. Brown, James D. Porter, Albert Marks, Alvin Hawkins, Robert Love Taylor, John Buchanan, Peter Turney, Benton McMillan, James B. Frazier, John Cox, Malcolm Patterson, Tom C. Rye, Ben W. Hooper, A.H. Roberts, Henry H. Horton, Gordon Browning, Prentice Cooper, Jim McCord, Frank G. Clement, Buford Ellington, and Winfield Dunn. Includes multiple signatures of some governors, many on official state letterhead. Not included in the collection from this period are Hill McAllister, Austin Peay, Alfred Taylor, and William Bate. Notable items present include 11 pages of a handwritten draft of remarks by Gov. Robert Love Taylor, dating from the 1880s, for an event expressing support for the YMCA, with unabashedly religious content; and a 2 page front and back handwritten letter from James D. Porter responding to a J.W. Caldwell about judges and early Tennessee history (possibly Joshua Caldwell, author of Studies in the Constitutional History of Tennessee). Several of the later letters are addressed to Nashville author and historian Stanley Horn. Approximately 55 pieces total.


All items overall good condition with light toning and signs of light handling. Draft of remarks has some smudges and period cutting and pasting.

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By descent from the estate of Stanley Horn, Nashville, Tennessee.