Letters to Douglas written during the period between his graduation from Georgetown University and his resignation as private secretary for President Grant -- Includes letters (1867-1869) concerning family and personal matters and letters (1869-1873) relating to the Chicago, Ill., and Mississippi estate of his father, Stephen A. Douglas; mining interests of Douglas and Gen. Robert Williams, second husband of Adèle Cutts Douglas, his stepmother; and Douglas's interest in railroad development in Costa Rica and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The majority of the letters from this later period relate to Republican Party affairs, appointments to vacant offices, election campaigns, and other political matters. Writers are chiefly from that segment of the Republican Party in North Carolina that supported the election of Grant for a second term including Williams Woods Holden, Joseph W. Holden, Thomas Settle, and Robert Paine Dick. Other subjects include East-West tensions within the party, internal opposition to the reelection of Sen. John Pool, struggles over the distribution of party patronage, the election of 1872, relationship of the Ku Klux Klan to the Democratic Party, Klan activities, and indictment of Klansmen. Other correspondents include Thomas B. Keogh and Darius H. Starbuck.
Lawyer, businessman, private secretary to Gov. William Woods Holden of North Carolina and Pres. Ulysses S. Grant; and supreme court justice, of Greensboro, N.C.; son of Stephen A. Douglas, of Illinois, and Martha Denny (Martin) Douglas, of Rockingham County, N.C..
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