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Z 1290.000

1910 - 1964

George Sheldon was born in Nehawka, Nebraska and spent his boyhood on a farm. He received a degree at the University of Nebraska and later was graduated cum laude at Harvard. Sheldon first came to Mississippi as Captain of Company B of the 3rd Nebraska Volunteer Infantry commanded by Colonel William Jennings Bryan. His unit passed through the Mississippi Delta enroute to Cuba for the Spanish American War in 1898. Four years later, he purchased a 1,700-acre plantation south of Greenville.

While in Mississippi, he served in the House of Representatives and was a member of the Confederate Pension Board of Washington County. In 1927, Sheldon organized the Republican Party of Mississippi and in several campaigns was an unsuccessful candidate for governor and congress. He was Collector of Internal Revenue in Mississippi for four years during the 1920s.

This collection contains:

  • correspondence, February 14, 1910–June 13, 1932 (folders 1–3)
  • undated correspondence (folders 4–5)
  • news clippings concerning Sheldon and the Republican Party (folders 6–7)
  • monthly account sheets belonging to J. P. Soper, March 2, 1928–November 3, 1928 (folder 8)
  • material related to the Board of Supervisors of Washington County (folder 9)
  • an article by the Associated Press concerning the Mississippi G. O. P. electors (folder 10)
  • amendments to the constitution of the state of Mississippi, July 1, 1942 (folder 11)
  • telegrams, 1929–1950 (folder 12)
  • Supreme Court brief and suggestion of error, Case No. 29,620—R. L. Johnson et al v. Perry W. Howard, et al, (folder 13)
  • Maps of Mississippi (folder 14)
  • a program of the Collectors Conference Fourth and Fifth Supervisory Districts, February 17–19, 1930 (folder 15)
  • campaign material for Supervisor, 5th District, Pike County, August 1931 and October 1931 (folder 16)
  • speeches by E. R. Gurney concerning President Hoover, August 14, 1932 (folder 17)
  • printed material relating to the national and state Republican Parties, 1932–1960 (folders 18–29)
  • a research paper belonging to Lawson Sheldon, April 27, 1964 (folder 30)

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