Briggs, George N. (George Nixon), 1796-1861

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Governor of Massachusetts, 1844-51.

From the description of Letter : Lanesboro, Mass., to an unidentified correspondent, 1835 Nov. 12. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 29461777

George Nixon Briggs (1796-1861) began to study law in 1813 and in 1818 was admitted to the bar. In 1824, he was elected town clerk of Lanesboro, Mass., and in 1826, was appointed chairman of the commissioners of highways of Berkshire County. In 1830, he was elected to Congress, where he served from 1831-1843 as a Whig. He consistently opposed the extension of slavery. In 1844, he became governor of Massachusetts and was reelected each year until 1851. He condemned the Mexican War and opposed the annexation of Texas. In state affairs his strongest interest was in education. In 1853, he was appointed judge of the court of common pleas. His official career ended when that court was abolished in 1858. From 1856 to his death he was president of the American Temperance Union. He was the most prominent Baptist layman in the U.S. and from 1847 to his death he was president of the Baptist Missionary Union. He died from an accidental gunshot wound.

From the description of Correspondence, 1832-1861. (American Antiquarian Society). WorldCat record id: 191259196

U.S. representative and governor of Massachusetts.

From the description of George N. Briggs appointment, 1844. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79451511

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creatorOf Locke, Delia Marcella Hammond. Biographical notes concerning Dean Jewett Locke : and related material, 1890-1891. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Briggs, George N. (George Nixon), 1796-1861. Correspondence, 1832-1861. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Stanton, Richard H. (Richard Henry), 1812-1891. [Edward Dickinson]. University of Nebraska - Lincoln
referencedIn [Miscellany of Massachusetts records], 1650-ca. 1975. State Library of Massachusetts
referencedIn Charles Sumner correspondence, 1829-1874. Houghton Library
referencedIn Devereux, George H. Papers, 1849-1852; (bulk 1852). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Historical Society Of Princeton, N.J.. Arnold Guyot Papers.
referencedIn Hudson, Charles, 1795-1881. Political biographies, 1864-1880. Gadsden Public Library
creatorOf Briggs, George N. (George Nixon), 1796-1861. George N. Briggs appointment, 1844. Library of Congress
creatorOf Lawrence, Amos, 1786-1852. Amos Adams Lawrence papers, 1814-1879. Massachusetts Historical Society
creatorOf George Nixon Briggs letters, 1840-1859 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
referencedIn Autograph File, S, 1556-1996. Houghton Library
creatorOf Briggs, George N. (George Nixon), 1796-1861. Letters received by George N. Briggs, 1850. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Davis, John, 1787-1854. ALS : [Boston, Mass], to "My dear Gov." [George Nixon Briggs], 1846 Aug.5. Boston Public Library, Central Library in Copley Square
referencedIn Jared Sparks collection of American manuscripts, 1582-1843. Houghton Library
referencedIn Papers, 1828-1919 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
referencedIn John Overton Choules Collection, 1850 University of Virginia. Library. Special Collections Dept.
referencedIn Charles Henry Brainard papers, 1795-1884 and undated. Houghton Library
creatorOf Briggs, George N. (George Nixon), 1796-1861. Letter : Lanesboro, Mass., to an unidentified correspondent, 1835 Nov. 12. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
creatorOf Goodspeed, Charles E. (Charles Eliot), 1867-1950,. Collection of autographs of Charles E. Goodspeed, 1660-1865 (bulk1710-1790). Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
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associatedWith Brainard, Charles Henry, 1817-1885 person
associatedWith Davis, John, 1787-1854. person
associatedWith Devereux, George H. person
associatedWith ELLIS GRAY LORING FAMILY family
associatedWith Everett, Edward, 1794-1865. person
associatedWith Goodspeed, Charles E. (Charles Eliot), 1867-1950, person
correspondedWith Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878 person
associatedWith Hopkins, Mark, 1802-1887. person
associatedWith Hudson, Charles, 1795-1881. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Amos, 1786-1852. person
associatedWith Locke, Delia Marcella Hammond. person
associatedWith Mann, Horace, 1796-1859. person
associatedWith Massachusetts. Governor (1844-1851 : Briggs) corporateBody
associatedWith Palfrey, John Gorham, 1796-1881. person
associatedWith Parkman, George, 1790-1849. person
associatedWith Quincy, Josiah, 1802-1882. person
associatedWith Sparks, Jared, 1789-1866 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Webster, John White, 1793-1850. person
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Birth 1796-04-12

Death 1861-09-12



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