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Collection Title: Powers (Ridgely C.) Letter

Collection Number: M72

Dates: May 16, 1873

Volume: 1 Letter

Provenance: Unknown.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Ridgely C. Powers was born December 24, 1836, at Mecca, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Michigan and completed post-graduate work at Union College, Schenectady, New York, in 1862. He served as a private in the Union Army and was discharged in New Orleans as a colonel. He settled in Noxubee County, Mississippi, in 1865, and planted cotton. In 1868 he was appointed sheriff of Noxubee County. Elected lieutenant governor in 1870 on the Republican ticket, he became acting governor upon Governor James Alcorn's resignation to become a U. S. Senator in 1871. He served until January 1874. State and county corruption was widespread, but Powers personally was untainted by scandal. He died in Los Angeles, California, in November 1912.

George H. Williams, the addressee, was Attorney General of the United States from 1871-1875.

No information was found on General E. J. Castillo, Powers' first choice for U. S. Marshal, or on Robert J. Alcorn, Powers' nominee for U. S. Marshal, though it should be noted that Powers succeeded James L. Alcorn and a family connection is possible.

Scope and Content:

In this letter dated May 16, 1873, Mississippi Governor Ridgely Powers wrote to U. S. Attorney General George H. Williams, suggesting Robert J. Alcorn for the post of U. S. Marshal for Mississippi in the event that his earlier nominee, General E. J. Castillo, failed to receive the post.


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