Small, John H. (John Humphrey), 1858-1946

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U.S. representative, 1899-1921, from North Carolina's First District, and Washington, D.C., attorney, 1921-1931.

From the description of John H. Small papers, 1874-1947 (bulk 1913-1939) [manuscript]. WorldCat record id: 25678024

Lawyer and U.S. Representative from North Carolina.

From the description of Papers, 1720-1946 ; (bulk 1850-1870). (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20159096

John F. Small was a furniture designer working in Boston in the 1890s. He was born in Harwich, Massachusetts, on October 3, 1858, the son of Samuel J. and Mary B. Small. Small seems to have done most of his work for Keeler & Co., a Boston furniture manufacturer owned by Cornelius P. and George A. Keeler and Ruel P. Buzzell. Keeler & Co. advertised that they made furniture from original designs and that yacht work was a specialty. In 1901, John and his older brother Samuel went into business together as Small Bros., naval architects. John was still alive when his brother died in September 1907.

From the description of Designs for furniture, ca. 1890-1900. (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 261232514

John Humphrey Small (1858-1946) of Washington, N.C., was a United States representative, 1899-1921, from North Carolina's First District, and Washington, D.C., attorney, 1921-1931. Small ws educated at Trinity College and later taught school, 1876-1880, at Golden Valley in Rutherford County, N.C., and at Washington, N.C. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1881. He was editor and for a time owner of the Washington Gazette in the early 1880s. In 1881 he was elected reading clerk of the state senate and also became superintendent of public instruction of Beaufort County, N.C.; solicitor of the inferior court of Beaufort County, 1882-1885; attorney of the Board of Commissioners of Beaufort County, 1888-1896; city councilman, 1887-1890; mayor of Washington, N.C., 1889-1890; delegate to Democratic state conventions, 1889-1920; and presidential elector, 1896. He was married to Isabelle C. Wharton in 1890.

Small served in the United States Congress, 1899-1921. During this period he was also interested in farming, his law practice in partnership with Angus D. McLean, his school board work, and the development of the inland waterway from Boston, Mass., to Florida., railroad legal problems, and was a member of the National Rivers and Harbors Committee, 1916-1920. He was interested in the Rivers and Harbors bill, labor problems and Federal farm loan machinery, Federal Reserve System amendments, and World War I problems of transportation, emergency powers for the President of the United States, Naval militia federalization and appropriations, and other issues. He made a congressional trip of inspection to Asia in 1920.

After his retirement from Congress, Small practiced law in Washington, D.C.; was president of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress, 1921; was a member of the state geological board; and was interested in promotion of the port of Wilmington, N.C., railroads, banking, economic conditions, aviation development, politics, and elections.

From the guide to the John H. Small Papers, ., 1874-1947, (bulk 1913-1939), (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Small, John H. (John Humphrey), 1858-1946. Papers, 1720-1946 ; (bulk 1850-1870). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Caroline (Yacht). Specifications for steam yacht #443, designed for Mr. Edward Ford 1909. Bowling Green State University, BGSU Libraries
creatorOf John H. Small Papers, ., 1874-1947, (bulk 1913-1939) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection
creatorOf Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. Editorial correspondence files, S-V, of the Virginian-Pilot, 1907-1950. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960 (inclusive), 1892-1958 (bulk). Yale University Library
referencedIn Anson Phelps Stokes family papers, 1761-1960, 1892-1958 Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Small, John F., b. 1858. Designs for furniture, ca. 1890-1900. Winterthur Library
referencedIn Brown, George Hubbard, 1850-1926. Papers, 1757-1933; (bulk 1850-1878). Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Small, John H. (John Humphrey), 1858-1946. John H. Small papers, 1874-1947 (bulk 1913-1939) [manuscript]. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
creatorOf John Humphrey Small Papers, bulk 1850-1870, 1912-1937, 1720-1946 David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Branning Manufacturing Company. corporateBody
associatedWith Brown, George Hubbard, 1850-1926. person
associatedWith Caroline (Yacht) corporateBody
associatedWith Carter, David Miller, 1830-1879. person
associatedWith Jaffe, Louis I. (Louis Isaac), 1888-1950. person
associatedWith Small family. family
associatedWith Stokes, Anson Phelps, 1874-1958. person
associatedWith Trinity College (Randolph County, N.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress corporateBody
associatedWith Wharton, Rufus Watson, 1827-1910. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
North Carolina
North Carolina--Washington
North Carolina--Beaufort County
North Carolina--Chowan County
North Carolina
Southern States
United States
United States
Massachusetts--Boston
Beaufort County (N.C.)
Subject
Industries--History
Lawyers--Political activity
Furniture design--19th century
Schools--History--20th century
Lawyers--Correspondence
Lumbering--History
Furniture--Drawings
Staves and stave trade--History
Agriculture
Furniture, Victorian
Furniture industry and trade
Harbors--Maintenance and repair
Lawyers
Advertisements--Furniture
Furniture designers--19th century
Diaries (Blank-books)
Furniture--Prices--19th century
Intracoastal waterways
Inland water transportation--History--20th century
Patronage, Political
World War, 1914-1918--Economic aspects
Shingle industry--History
Mantels
Depressions--1929
Legislators--Correspondence
Occupation
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Birth 1858-08-29

Death 1946-07-13

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