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Forsyth, John, 1780-1841
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
John Forsyth Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and documents of John Forsyth, senator from Georgia and secretary of state under Presidents Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected Forsyth correspondence and documents, and genealogical information on the Forsyth family. Correspondents include Walton W. Evans, H. A. Garland, Henry Miegs, Arthur Shaaf, Samuel Swartwout, Mrs. Margaret White, and R. H. Wilde. There is a series of long letters (1819-1820) by Forsyth to his wife, Clara, and their children written from Cadiz and Madrid at the beginning of his diplomatic appointment as minister to Spain. Documents include a patent granted to Robert Beale, dated Feb. 20, 1835, and signed by Andrew Jackson and John Forsyth, and a manuscript by Forsyth titled "Journal at Cadiz, 1819."


Arranged by accession number.

Collection Creator Biography:

Forsyth, John, 1780-1841

John Forsyth, a representative and a senator from Georgia (1818-1819, 1829-1834), was born in Fredericksburg, Va., on October 22, 1780. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1799, moved to Augusta, Ga., studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1802. He was elected to the United States Senate, and appointed secretary of state by President Andrew Jackson. Reappointed by President Martin Van Buren, he served from 1834 to 1841. He died in Washington, D.C., on October 21, 1841.

Collection History


Folder 13 (Letter from Forsyth to Son) is a gift of Mrs. Robert H. Carton and Mr. John William Keating. Various AM.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 16, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

John Forsyth Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1