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George S. Boutwell Letters

An inventory of his letters at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LDC
Date: 05 May 2009

Biographical History

George S. Boutwell (1818-1905) was an American politician who served as Governor of Massachusetts (1851-1853), United States Congressman (1863-1869), United States Senator (1873-1877), and Secretary of the Treasury under President Grant (1869-1873).
1818 Born George Sewall Boutwell in Brookline, Massachusetts
1842-1844 Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1847-1850 Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
1849-1851 Massachusetts State Bank Commissioner
1851-1853 Governor of Massachusetts
1855-1861 Secretary of the Massachusetts Board of Education
1862-1863 Commissioner of Internal Revenue
1863-1869 Member of the United States House of Representatives
1869-1873 Secretary of the Treasury (appointed by President Grant)
1873-1877 Member of the United States Senate
1880 Counsel to the French and American Claims Commission
1898-1905 President of the Anti-Imperialist League
1905 Died in Groton, Massachusetts

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George S. Boutwell Letters contains two pieces of outgoing correspondence. The first letter explains that a copy of the Medical and Surgical History (part 3, volume 2) was sent to Boutwell by the U.S. Attorney General. In this letter, Boutwell offers to forward a copy to the letter's recipient, [?] Dillingham. The second letter is written in response to a letter sent by D. C. Heath asking Boutwell to provide feedback on a chapter for a history book. Boutwell notes that he "[did] not notice any errors."

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection contains one series, Correspondence, which is arranged alphabetically by recipient.


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Subject Headings


Boutwell, George S. (George Sewall), 1818-1905.
Heath, Daniel Collamore, 1842-1908.


Editing -- Miscellanea.
Politicians -- Massachusetts.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

George S. Boutwell Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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