John J. Crittenden Papers,1815-1862

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John J. Crittenden Papers,1815-1862
Crittenden, John J. (John Jordan), 1787-1863
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Governors-- Kentucky-- Archives.
Legislators-- United States-- Archives.
Politicians-- Kentucky-- Archives.
Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1862.
Tyler, John, 1790-1862.
United States-- History-- Civil War, 1861-1865-- Sources.
Whig Party (U.S.)-- History-- Correspondence.
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Lawyer, U.S. attorney general, U.S. senator, and governor. Collected correspondence regarding aspects of Crittenden's personal, political, and professional life, including his 11 September 1841 letter to Waddy Thompson stating that he would resign as attorney general in half an hour and that President John Tyler's second veto was a final break with the Whig Party; his 9 June 1848 letter to his son-in-law, Reverend John C. Young, giving reasons why he would be unwilling to be nominated for president, and why he thinks the nomination should go to General Zachary Taylor; and his 1861 letters to son George B. Crittenden regarding the Civil War and his hope that George would remain loyal to the Union. Card index in repository