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Letters Home From Congress

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This collection features letters home from Warren R. Austin (Senator, 1931-1946), Jacob Collamer (Representative, 1843-1848; Senator, 1855-1865), and Samuel C. Crafts (Representative, 1817-1824; Senator 1842-1843). The letters document travel to and from Washington by horse, boat, train, and airplane; lodging in boarding houses, hotels, and homes; social life in Washington; significant local and national events; and legislative issues under consideration in Congress. Austin's letters are particularly strong in their coverage of his frustration at being a minority Senator during the era of Roosevelt and the New Deal; his activities on the Judiciary Committee; and foreign affairs questions such as the Neutrality Act. The letters of Crafts and Collamer both extensively cover the question of slavery, discussing Missouri statehood, John Brown, the annexation of Texas, and the Civil War. All three Congressmen frequently discuss questions regarding appropriations and the Federal budget. Biographical information is available from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, at: http://bioguide.congress.gov/biosearch/biosearch.asp

Time Period Covered: 1818-1941 

Parent Collections

Congressional Papers

Related Archival Collection(s)

Warren R. Austin Collection
Crafts Family Collection
Collamer Family Papers

Published:  September 12, 2006,  University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections

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Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, August 14, 1940

Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

Date:  1940-08-14

Resource type:   text

Resource type:   letter

Topics include speeches by Senator Taft (OH), Vandenberg (MI), Norris (NE), and Wheeler (MT) against the Conscription Bill; Senator Lee (OK) amendment to the Conscription Bill.

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    Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 18, 1940

    Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

    Date:  1940-06-18

    Resource type:   text

    Resource type:   letter

    Topics include France’s surrender; Republican National Convention; Drier Bill; request for Austin to second nomination of Senator Taft (OH) for President at Convention.

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      Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 23, 1940

      Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

      Date:  1940-06-23

      Resource type:   text

      Resource type:   letter

      Topics include funeral of Senator Ernest Gibson (VT); Republican National Convention in Philadelphia and the candidacies of Taft and Wilkie.

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        Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, June 26, 1940

        Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

        Date:  1940-06-26

        Resource type:   text

        Resource type:   letter

        Topics include Republican National Convention and the candidacies of Taft and Wilkie.

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          Title:   Letter to Mrs. C.G. (Ann) Austin, September 11, 1940

          Creator:  Austin, Warren Robinson, 1877-1962

          Date:  1940-09-11

          Resource type:   text

          Resource type:   letter

          Topics include Export Import Bank and an amendment by Senator Taft (OH); Aiken's primary win for Vermont Senate seat.

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