The James G. Taliaferro and Family Papers consist of letters, reports, business records, printed items, and other records documenting political, economic, and social conditions in Louisiana; Taliaferro's political interests with the Whig and Republican parties; and his work as an associate justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court, president of the constitutional convention of 1868, and a gubernatorial candidate in 1868. Legal and business papers of his father, Zachariah Taliaferro, concern his sawmills in Virginia and Catahoula Parish, La., in partnership with Charles Patteson (1804-1824). Also included are letters from James G. Taliaferro's children on various matters and scattered issues of The Independent of Harrisonburg, La. (1861) and other state newspapers.
James G. Taliaferro was born in Amherst, Va., on September 28, 1798, to Zacharias Taliaferro and Sally Warwick. The family moved to Claiborne County, Miss., in 1806, and to Catahoula Parish, La., in 1815. He graduated from Transylvania College in Lexington, Ky., and married Elizabeth M.B. Williamson of Lexington in 1819. Taliaferro practiced law in Harrisonburg, La., served as a judge in Catahoula Parish, and was a member of the Catahoula Parish Police Jury (1859-1860). He owned and operated the Harrisonburg Independent (1856 -1861) and represented Catahoula Parish in the constitutional convention of 1852 and the secession convention of 1861. Taliaferro was a strong opponent of secession and refused to sign the ordinance. Two of his sons served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He later served as an associate justice on the Louisiana Supreme Court (1866-1876) and a delegate to the constitutional convention of 1868. James G. Taliaferro died in Harrisonburg, La., on October 13, 1876.
This manuscript group includes materials accessioned as Mss. 1001, 1047, 1565.
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James G. Taliaferro and Family Papers, Mss. 1001, 1047, 1565, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
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James G. Taliaferro Letters, Mss. 1562, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
James G. Taliaferro Papers, Mss. 3327, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Zachariah and James G. Taliaferro Papers, Mss. 237, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
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