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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
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Firestone Library (mss): 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


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:

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.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

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

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Conditions for Reproduction and 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.

Credit this material:

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

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