Caleb Cushing papers, circa 1785-1906 (bulk 1820-1878).

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Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879. Caleb Cushing papers, circa 1785-1906 (bulk 1820-1878).

Caleb Cushing papers, circa 1785-1906 (bulk 1820-1878).

Correspondence, memoranda, diaries, journals, writings, speeches, notes, notebooks, legal file, business papers, biographical material, newspaper clippings, printed material, maps, photographs, and other papers reflecting Cushing's role in national and international affairs of the mid-nineteenth century. Documents Cushing's service as U.S. representative from Massachusetts, commissioner to China, army officer in the War with Mexico, attorney general under Franklin Pierce, minister to Spain, and his work for the administrations of James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, and Andrew Johnson. Also documents Cushing's involvement in Democratic and Whig party politics; service as Massachusetts state legislator and associate justice; and diplomatic positions including counsel before a joint British and American commission leading to the Geneva Arbitration Tribunal (1871), special minister to Colombia regarding the proposed Panama Canal (1868), and counsel presenting claims before the United States and Mexican Claims Commission (1868). Includes material pertaining to Cushing's speculation in lands located from Maine to Lower California, his contributions to the North American Review, and his law practice in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Correspondents include George Bancroft, Benjamin F. Butler, James Campbell, Rufus Choate, Jefferson Davis, James C. Dobbin, Edward Everett, Hamilton Fish, James Guthrie, Francis Lieber, Robert McClelland, Hugh McCulloch, William L. Marcy, Franklin Pierce, Albert Pike, Gideon Johnson Pillow, Sir John Rose, William Henry Seward, Jared Sparks, Roger Brooke Taney, John Tyler, Daniel Webster, and John Greenleaf Whittier.

120,000 items.420 containers plus 4 oversize.9 microfilm reels.190 linear feet.

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