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This scrapbook contains materials of the Rector and Alcorn families. Extraneous items include letters and printed materials, some pertaining to the Civil War. One of the letters includes a statement by James Alcorn of the occupation of Helena, Arkansas, by Union troops in 1862. The scrapbook's contents are in random order, and include documents and newspaper articles.

Biographical/Historical Note

Colonel Elias W. Rector came from a famous political family in Arkansas. His father, Henry Massey Rector, was elected governor of Arkansas in 1860. Born in Little Rock in 1849, Elias went to the University of Virginia and became a member of the Arkansas Bar in 1874. In 1875, he married Rosebud Alcorn, daughter of James Lusk Alcorn. Elias and Rosebud had six children who lived to adulthood. Elias Rector served in the state legislature for several years before running for governor in 1903 against incumbent Jeff Davis. He died in 1917. James L. Alcorn was born in Illinois in 1816, raised in Kentucky, and attended Cumberland College. He moved to Mississippi to practice law and settled in Friar's Point, Mississippi, where he built the Eagles Nest plantation. He was elected Governor of Mississippi in 1869. As United States Senator (1871-1877), he supported the development of the Mississippi River levee system. His first wife, Mary C. Stewart Alcorn, died in 1849, leaving three children: Mary Catherine, Milton Stewart, and Henry Lusk. He married Amelia Walton Glover in 1850, and they had five children: Rosebud, Gertrude, Justina, James, Angeline, and Glover. James Alcorn died in 1902.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas; Mississippi; Tennessee; Georgia; South Carolina; District of Columbia





Resource Type



Rector-Alcorn scrapbook, MS.000859


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Rector-Alcorn scrapbook, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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