STILES, William Henry (1808-1865)

STILES, WILLIAM HENRY, (grandson of Joseph Clay), a Representative from Georgia; born in Savannah, Ga., January 1, 1808; completed preparatory studies; studied law at Yale College; was admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced practice in Savannah, Ga.; solicitor general for the eastern district of Georgia 1833-1836; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); appointed on April 19, 1845, by President Polk as Chargé d'Affaires to Austria and served until October 1849; resumed the practice of law in Savannah; member of the State house of representatives and served as speaker in 1858; delegate from the State at large to the commercial congress held at Montgomery, Ala., in 1858; delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860; served as colonel in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; engaged in literary pursuits; died in Savannah, Ga., December 20, 1865; interment in Laurel Grove Cemetery.

City of Savannah
Office of the Clerk of Council City Hall
Savannah, GA
Papers: In minutes of the meetings of the City Council.
Document his activities as alderman 1835-1838. Also on microfilm in Georgia Department of Archives and History.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: December 2, 1847. 1 official letter.
Finding aid in repository.


Emory University
Special Collections Department Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, GA
Papers: 1760-1884. ca. 5 1/2 feet.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, including his diary 1845-1846 and diaries and reminiscences of other family members. Partially copies of materials in the National Archives and Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In Godfrey Barnsley papers, 1826-1861. ca. 3 feet.
Correspondence, photographs, and memorabilia, including 12 letters from Stiles to Barnsley, 9 of which were written during Stiles' term in Congress.


Georgia Department of Archives and History
Atlanta, GA
Papers: In File II Names.
File is primarily incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. Finding aid in repository.


University of North Carolina
Southern Historical Collection
Chapel Hill, NC
Papers: In Mackay and Stiles family papers, 1743-1915.
4 feet including 47 volumes.

  • Harwell, Christopher L. "William Stiles: Georgia Gentleman-Politician." Ph.D. diss., Emory University, 1959.