CAFFERY, Donelson (1835-1906)

CAFFERY, DONELSON, (grandfather of Patrick Thomson Caffery), a Senator from Louisiana; born near Franklin, St. Mary Parish, La., September 10, 1835; attended private schools in Franklin, St. Mary's College, Baltimore, Md., and Louisiana University at New Orleans; studied law; during the Civil War served as a lieutenant in the Thirteenth Louisiana Regiment; served as clerk of court in 1866; admitted to the bar in 1867 and commenced the practice of law in Franklin, La.; sugar planter; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1879; member, State senate 1892-1893; appointed and subsequently elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1894 to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Randall Lee Gibson and served from December 31, 1892, to March 3, 1901; was not a candidate for reelection in 1900; chairman, Committee on Enrolled Bills (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Corporations Organized in the District of Columbia (Fifty-sixth Congress); resumed the practice of law; died in New Orleans, La., on December 30, 1906; interment in Franklin Cemetery, Franklin, La.

Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: Items in Donelson family papers, 1580, 1725, 1790, 1813, 1861-1909, 1958 (bulk 1861-1909). 537 items, 24 manuscript volumes, and 15 printed volumes. Includes family and personal correspondence, speeches, historical writings and biographical data, and legal, business and plantation papers. Finding aid.

Pierpont Morgan Library
New York, NY
Papers: 1896. 1 item.

University of Michigan
Bentley Historical Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: Correspondence in the Arthur Hendrick Vandenberg papers, 1884-1974; and Blair Moody papers, 1928-1954.

University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: Items in Caffery family papers, 1838-1924. 337 pieces. Chiefly letters by Caffery pertaining to his Senate career. Finding aid.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection
Lafayette, LA
Papers: Several letters in the John Caffery collection.

  • American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.