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A Guide to the Howell Cobb Letter, 1851
A Georgian, Howell Cobb (1815-1868) served in the House of Representatives and as Governor of Georgia. In 1857, President Buchanan appointed him the Secretary of the Treasury. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he gave up his Unionist sentiments and urged his state to secede. He was appointed a general and served his state through the war.
The Howell Cobb Letter, 1851, is a political letter addressed to Linn Boyd, a Democrat from Kentucky who helped pass the Compromise of 1850. Cobb writes to Boyd on being elected to the speakership of the House of Representatives.
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Howell Cobb Letter, 1851, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, September 2015.