Dawson, William C. (William Crosby), 1798-1856

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William Crosby Dawson (1798-1856) graduated from Franklin College, later the University of Georgia, in 1816 and. was admitted to the bar at Greensboro, GA in 1818. He served in the Creek War of 1836, in the Georgia Assembly, and as judge of Superior Court of Ocmulgee Circuit. He was a representative from Georgia from 1837-1849 and a U. S. senator from 1849-1855.

From the description of William Crosby Dawson papers, 1837-1855. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 173862936

William Crosby Dawson (January 4, 1798-May 5, 1856) was born in Greene County, Georgia, the son of a frontier farmer. In 1816, he graduated from the University of Georgia and went on to study at the Litchfield Law School in Connecticut. He returned to Georgia, establishing his law practice in Greensboro. Dawson was the compiler of laws for Georgia from 1820-1839, resulting in the Compilation of the Laws of the State of Georgia (1831). He was a captain in a volunteer company in the Creek War of 1836. That same year, he was elected to Congress as a Whig and served until 1841. Dawson was a Georgia senator from 1849-1855. In 1859, Dawson had an office on the corner of Bay and Bull Streets in Savannah.

From the description of William Crosby Dawson letter, 1841. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 46687064

William C. Dawson (1798-1857) was a Georgia-born lawyer, soldier and politician, who was elected to the United States Senate for one term beginning in 1849. Dawson County, Georgia and the city of Dawson in Terrell County, Georgia are named after him. William C. Dawson was born in Greene County, Georgia. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia in 1816 at the age of eighteen, he pursued a career in law which took him to study in Connecticut. In 1818 he settled to practice law in Greensboro, Georgia. In 1822 he began a career in politics by winning election to the Georgia House of Representatives. Before his death in 1856, he served on the Georgia Senate, helped compile the laws of Georgia, was a member of the United States Congress, ran for Georgia Governor for the Whig Party in 1841, served on the Supreme Court of the Ocmulgee Judicial Court, was a United States Senator, and served as President of the Southern Commercial Conventions of 1853 and 1854. During his term as Senator between the years 1845 and 1855, Dawson was known nationally. His close friends included Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun. He supported Clay's Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska bill of 1854. He was also a trusted confidant of President Millard Fillmore.

From the description of William C. Dawson ALS, 18 December 1854. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 423361901

William C. Dawson (1798-1857) was a Georgia-born lawyer, soldier and politician, who was elected to the United States Senate for one term beginning in 1849. Dawson County, Georgia and the city of Dawson in Terrell County, Georgia are named after him. William C. Dawson was born in Greene County, Georgia. Upon graduating from the University of Georgia in 1816 at the age of eighteen, he pursued a career in law which took him to study in Connecticut. In 1818 he settled to practice law in Greensboro, Georgia. In 1822 he began a career in politics by winning election to the Georgia House of Representatives. Before his death in 1856, he served on the Georgia Senate, helped compile the laws of Georgia, was a member of the United States Congress, ran for Georgia Governor for the Whig Party in 1841, served on the Supreme Court of the Ocmulgee Judicial Court, was a United States Senator, and served as President of the Southern Commercial Conventions of 1853 and 1854. During his term as Senator between the years 1845 and 1855, Dawson was known nationally. His close friends included Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun. He supported Clay's Compromise of 1850 and the Kansas-Nebraska bill of 1854. He was also a trusted confidant of President Millard Fillmore.

Hiram Warner was one of the original members of the Supreme Court of Georgia, eventually becoming that court's second chief justice. Warner also held office as a circuit court judge, as a representative in the Georgia General Assembly, and as a U.S. congressman. Born in Williamsburg, Massachusetts, on October 29, 1802, Warner was one of ten children born to Mary Jane Coffin and Obadiah Warner. Warner moved to Georgia in 1822, when he accepted a teaching position at Sparta Academy in Hancock County. He married Sarah Abercrombie Staples of Crawford County, and they had one daughter. Warner began practicing law in Crawford County after his admission to the bar in 1824 and later served in the state legislature from 1828 to 1831. In 1832 he participated in the Tariff Convention, during which Georgia's debate over nullification of the 1828 "tariff of abomenations" took place. Though the convention passed resolutions strongly denouncing the tariff, which had resulted in a negative impact on the southern economy, the delegates did not go as far as to attempt to nullify the law. While serving in the convention, Warner was elected the first judge of the Coweta Judicial Circuit, a position he held unti 1840. In 1840 Warner returned to private law practice, where he remained for the next five years. New Georgia Encyclopedia http://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org (Retrived April 28, 2009)

From the description of William C. Dawson ALS, 26 August 1842. (University of Georgia). WorldCat record id: 423365614

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creatorOf Dawson, William C. (William Crosby), 1798-1856. William C. Dawson ALS, 18 December 1854. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
creatorOf Dawson, William C. (William Crosby), 1798-1856. William Crosby Dawson papers, 1837-1855. Emory University Library, Special Collect Department
creatorOf Dodge, Augustus C. (Augustus Ceasar), 1812-1883. Letter to W[illiam] C[rosby] Dawson and R[obert] [Augustus] Toombs. Washington, DC. 1854 Apr. 26. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Autograph File, D, 1586-1975. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard
creatorOf Stuart, Alexander H. H. (Alexander Hugh Holmes), 1807-1891. Papers of Alexander H. H. Stuart and the related Stuart and Baldwin families [manuscript], 1776-1878 (bulk 1850-1861). University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Dawson, William C. (William Crosby), 1798-1856. William C. Dawson ALS, 26 August 1842. University of Georgia, University of Georgia, Main Library
referencedIn Peter Wellington Alexander Papers, 1855-1863 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
referencedIn Calhoun, James S., 1803-1852. Letters, 1850. Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dawson, William C. (William Crosby), 1798-1856. William Crosby Dawson letter, 1841. Georgia Historical Society
referencedIn Alexander, Peter Wellington, 1825-1886. Peter Wellington Alexander papers, 1835-1910. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
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associatedWith Alexander, Peter Wellington, 1825-1886. person
associatedWith Calhoun, James S., 1803-1852. person
associatedWith Dodge, Augustus C. (Augustus Ceasar), 1812-1883. person
associatedWith Gamble, Roger Lawson, 1787-1847. person
associatedWith Southern Commercial Convention corporateBody
associatedWith Stuart, Alexander H. H. (Alexander Hugh Holmes), 1807-1891. person
correspondedWith University of Georgia corporateBody
correspondedWith Waller, James A. person
correspondedWith Warner, Hiram, 1802-1881 person
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Birth 1798-01-04

Death 1856-05-05

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