GOVERNOR JAMES D. PORTER PAPERS, 1875-1879

The official papers of Governor James D. Porter (1875-1879) reflect the settled conditions returning to Tennessee following the Civil War and Reconstruction. Much of the correspondence deals with the political and economic conditions prevailing during the period, with many of the writers expressing their satisfaction over the ascendancy of the Democratic Party once again in Tennessee. Of particular interest, are the letters which appraised the disputed Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876, with one writer, Charles A. Smith of Henderson, Texas, offering a lengthy, well written analysis in 1877.