LUMPKIN, Wilson (1783-1870)

LUMPKIN, WILSON, (uncle of John Henry Lumpkin and grandfather of Middleton Pope Barrow), a Representative and a Senator from Georgia; born near Dan River, Pittsylvania County, Va., January 14, 1783; moved in 1784 to Oglethorpe (then a part of Wilkes) County, Ga., with his parents, who settled near Point Peter, and subsequently at Lexington, Ga.; attended the common schools; taught school and farmed; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Athens, Ga.; member, State house of representatives 1804-1812; elected to the Fourteenth Congress (March 4, 1815-March 3, 1817); unsuccessful for reelection; State Indian Commissioner; elected to the Twentieth, Twenty-first, and Twenty-second Congresses and served from March 4, 1827, until his resignation in 1831 before the convening of the Twenty-second Congress to run for the governorship; commissioner on the Georgia-Florida boundary line commission; Governor of Georgia 1831-1835; appointed commissioner under the Cherokee treaty in 1835; elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John P. King and served from November 22, 1837, to March 3, 1841; chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Twenty-sixth Congress); member of the State board of public works; died in Athens, Ga., December 28, 1870; interment in Oconee Cemetery.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In Hall family papers, 1785-1923.

Atlanta History Center
Atlanta, GA
Papers: Several manuscripts and clippings about the family in the William Irvine collection, 1733-1939.

Clemson University
Special Collections
Clemson, SC
Papers: More than 10 items in the John Caldwell Calhoun papers, 1784-1888. Finding aid. Restricted.

Emory University
Robert W. Woodruff Library
Atlanta, GA
Papers: 1839-1840. 4 letters. Concern political and personal matters. Also correspondence in Tomlinson Fort family papers, 1808-1882.

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

Georgia Historical Society
Savannah, GA
Papers: 4 letters.

Knox College
Seymour Library
Galesburg, IL
Papers: 1 letter (March 1, 1862) in Ray D. Smith Civil war collection.

University of Georgia
Law Library
Athens, GA
Papers: Ca. 1840-1860. 1 box.

University of Georgia
Hargrett Library for Rare Books and Manuscripts
Athens, GA
Papers: 1828-1858. 60 items. Family correspondence, deeds, wills, receipts, and other papers. Also correspondence in Joseph Henry Lumpkin papers, 1748-1919.

  • Lumpkin, Wilson. The Removal of the Cherokee Indians from Georgia. 2 vols. Edited by Wymberly Jones De Renne. 1907. Reprint (2 vols. in 1), with new introduction. New York: Arno Press, 1969.
  • McPherson, Robert G. "Wilson Lumpkin.'' In Georgians in Profile: Historical Essays in Honor of Ellis Merton Coulter, edited by Horace Montgomery, pp. 144-67. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1958.
  • Mellichamp, Josephine. "Wilson Lumpkin.'' In Senators from Georgia, pp. 113-18. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1976.
  • Vipperman, Carl J. "The `Particular Mission' of Wilson Lumpkin.'' Georgia Historical Quarterly 66 (Fall 1982): 295-316.