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This letter was written by Augustus Garland when he was United States Attorney General, expressing gratitude to Mr. Manning for his loyalty following an article that portrayed Garland negatively.

Biographical/Historical Note

Augustus Hill Garland was born June 11, 1832, in Covington, Tennessee, to Rufus and Barbara Hill Garland. When Augustus was an infant, his family moved to Miller County, Arkansas. He studied law under Simon Sanders, and in 1853, he formed a law practice with his stepfather Thomas Hubbard in Washington, Arkansas. He married Sarah Virginia Sanders on June 14, 1853; they had nine children, four of which survived to adulthood. In 1856, he moved to Little Rock and practiced law with Ebenezer Cummins. In 1861, he was elected as a representative of Pulaski County to attend the Secession Convention. During the Civil War, he was a member of the Confederate Congress in Richmond, Virginia. After the war, Garland was governor of Arkansas, 1874-1877. He represented Arkansas as United States Senator, 1877-1885, when he resigned to become United States Attorney General under President Grover Cleveland. He served in that capacity until Cleveland's term ended in 1888, after which he returned to Little Rock. On January 26, 1899, he suffered a stroke during a trial. He died hours later and was buried at Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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Document, 8.5" x 11"

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Augustus Hill Garland letter, SMC.035.016


Arkansas State Archives

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Augustus Hill Garland letter, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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