GOVERNOR JOHN CALVIN BROWN PAPERS 1871-1875

The official papers of Governor John C. Brown, 1871-1875, deal with many subjects of significant interest to researchers studying Tennessee during the period of Reconstruction. One quickly notes the undisguised relief of citizens over this regaining control of the reins of state government through the election of Brown, a former Whig but now a staunch Democrat. Typical statements appear like these: (1) “I am a Democrat and voted for you and the whole of the Democratic ticket…Any party who is in favor of putting negroes on an equality with white people I have no use for; (2) “Mr. Hill served with honor and fidelity to the Confederate States through the late war.”