Library of Congress
WALTHALL, Edward Cary (1831-1898)

WALTHALL, EDWARD CARY, a Senator from Mississippi; born in Richmond, Va., April 4, 1831; moved to Mississippi as a child; attended St. Thomas Hall, Holly Springs, Miss.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1852 and commenced practice in Coffeeville, Miss.; elected district attorney for the tenth judicial district of Mississippi in 1856 and reelected in 1859; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army as a lieutenant; promoted to lieutenant colonel, colonel, brigadier general, and major general; resumed the practice of law in Coffeeville; moved to Grenada, Miss., in 1871 and continued the practice of law until 1885; appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Lucius Q.C. Lamar; was subsequently elected to fill the vacancy; reelected in 1889 and served from March 9, 1885, to January 24, 1894, when he resigned due to ill health; was again elected for the term beginning March 4, 1895, and served from that date until his death in Washington, D.C., April 21, 1898; chairman, Committee on Military Affairs (Fifty-third Congress), Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Fifty-fifth Congress); funeral services were held in the Chamber of the United States Senate; interment in Holly Springs Cemetery, Holly Springs, Miss.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In Elbert D. Willett Pickens Planters' diary, 1862-1864; and Confederate Officers photograph album, no date.

Emory University
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, GA
Papers: In William E. Mickle papers, 1863-1903.

Hagley Museum and Library
Greenville, DE
Papers: In Jacob S. Rogers letterpress copybook, 1882-1884.

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Jackson, MS
Papers: 1882-1889. 1 volume. Concerns the Walthall-Hudley controversy. Also photographs and portrait.

Mississippi State University
Mitchell Memorial Library
Mississippi State, MS
Papers: 1 letter (1891) in Wilbourne collection and photograph.

University of Mississippi
Archives and Special Collections
University, MS
Papers: 1834-1924 (bulk 1838-1895). .5 linear foot. Family financial documents, correspondence, and clippings. Online finding aid.

  • Bond, Bradley G. "Edward Cary Walthall, 1865-1890: A Redeemer Reappraisal.'' Master's thesis, University of Southern Mississippi, 1987.
  • ___. "Edward C. Walthall and the 1880 Senatorial Nomination: Politics of Balance in the Redeemer Era.'' Journal of Mississippi History 50 (February 1988): 1-20.
  • Hardin, Paul Douglas. "Edward Cary Walthall: A Mississippi Conservative.'' Master's thesis, Duke University, 1940.
  • Helms, James Ervin. "Edward Cary Walthall: Soldier and Statesman.'' Master's thesis, George Peabody College for Teachers, 1928.
  • U.S. Congress. Memorial Addresses on the Life and Character of Edward C. Walthall (Late Senator from Mississippi). 55th Cong., 2d-3d sess., 1897-1899. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1899.