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Flanagin papers

MS.000061


REPOSITORY: Arkansas State Archives
TITLE: Flanagin papers
DATE: 1837-1927
QUANTITY: 2.25 Cubic feet
CALL NUMBER: MS.000061
LANGUAGE: Materials entirely in English.


Biographical/Historical Note

Harris Flanagin was born in Roadstown, New Jersey, on November 3, 1817. After attaining his law degree in Illinois, he moved to Greenville, Clark County, Arkansas, and began practicing law. He served as deputy sheriff of Clark County in 1841, and was elected state representative the following year. He was again elected to public office in 1848, serving in the state senate for two years. In 1851, Flanagin married Martha E. Nash of Washington, Arkansas. They had three children: Duncan, Nash, and Laura.

Following Arkansas's secession from the Union in 1861, Flanagin served as representative from Clark County to the Constitutional Convention in Little Rock. Flanagin fought in the Second Arkansas Mounted Rifles during the Civil War. In camp near Knoxville, Tennessee, the news of Flanagin's nomination did not reach him until after the election. By the time he was able to arrange for a leave of absence, a telegram arrived announcing that he had been elected governor. Therefore in 1862, Flanagin left active duty to take office. His administration dealt primarily with war-related measures, maintaining order, and continuing government while enduring an invasion. The capitol at Little Rock fell to Union troops on September 10, 1863, at which time Flanagin moved the state government to Washington, Arkansas.

At the end of the war, he received a presidential pardon, but remained disfranchised until 1873. In 1874, Flanagin became a member of the Constitutional Convention and was selected to be chairman of the Judicial Committee. While in Little Rock working to form the new constitution, he fell ill, returned to Arkadelphia, and died October 23, 1874.

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains the personal letters and memorabilia of the Harris Flanagin family, as well as correspondence and documents related to Harris and Duncan Flanagin's law practice and Harris Flanagin's involvement in politics.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Flanagin Papers, Arkansas History Commission, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Duncan Flanagin (great-grandson of Harris Flanagin), Arkadelphia, Arkansas, 1986.

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  • Personal

    • 1. 1861-1862: Diary, Harris Flanagin (Box 1)

    • Correspondence

      • 2. 1861 August 4: Harris Flanagin, Stone County, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 3. 1861 August 6: Harris Flanagin, near Springfield, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 4. 1861 August 17: Harris Flanagin, near Springfield, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 5. 1861 August 24: Harris Flanagin, Marionville, Missoui, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 6. 1861 August 29: Harris Flanagin, Springfield, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 7. 1861 September 2: Harris Flanagin, near Springfield, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 8. 1861 September 4: Ben T. Embry, Marionville, Missouri, to Harris Flanagin

      • 9. 1861 September 6: Harris Flanagin, Springfield, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 10. 1861 September 8: Harris Flanagin, Marionville, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 11. 1861 September 15: Harris Flanagin, camp near Neosho, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 12. 1861 September 19: Harris Flanagin, near Granby, Missouri, to Duncan Flanagin

      • 13. 1861 September 29: Harris Flanagin, near Granby, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 14. 1861 October 18: Harris Flanagin, near Carthage, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 15. 1861 November 3: Harris Flanagin, near Flat Creek, Missouri, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 16. 1861: Harris Flanagin to M.E. Flanagin

      • 17. 1862 February 26: Harris Flanagin, "12 miles south of Fayetteville," Arkansas, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 18. 1862 March 27: Harris Flanagin, Ozark, Arkansas, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 19. 1862 April 16: Harris Flanagin, De Valls Bluff, Arkansas, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 20. 1862 April 18: Harris Flanagin, near Memphis, Tennessee, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 21. 1862 April 29: Harris Flanagin, near Corinth, Mississippi, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 22. 1862 May 3: Harris Flanagin, near Corinth, Mississippi, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 23. 1862 May 12: Harris Flanagin, near Corinth, Mississippi, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 24. 1862 May 21: Harris Flanagin, near Corinth, Mississippi, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 25. 1862 May 24: Harris Flanagin, near Corinth, Mississippi, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 26. 1862 June 2: Harris Flanagin, Army of the West, to Duncan Flanagin

      • 27. 1862 June 16: Harris Flanagin, near Baldwin, Mississippi, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 28. 1862 July 15: Harris Flanagin, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 29. 1862 July 29: Harris Flanagin, near Chattanooga, Tennessee, to M.E. Flanagin

      • 30. 1862 October 28: Orders granting Harris Flanagin leave of absence, Headquarters, Cumberland Gap, Tennessee

      • 31. 1864 October 3: from Margaret Duncan, Hampton, [?]

      • 32. 1864 October 17: Sam Callaway, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 33. 1864 November 10: James A. Fortson, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 34. 1864 December 21: N.W. Stewart, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to E.A. Scovill

      • 35. 1864: Civil War, miscellaneous notes (photocopies)

      • 36. 1865 January 1: N.W. Stewart, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to "Uncle"

      • 37. 1865 February 19: N.W. Stewart, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 38. 1865 February 26: Jesse A. Ross, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 39. 1865 March 3: James Hardin, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 40. 1865 March 23: Jesse A. Ross, Johnson's Island, Ohio, to "friend"

      • 41. 1865 June 30: Harris Flanagin, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 42. 1870 October 9: Duncan Flanagin, University of Virginia, to "My Dear Ma"

      • 43. 1870 October 23: Duncan Flanagin, University of Virginia, to parents

      • 44. 1871 July 10: Duncan Flanagin, Norwood, Virginia, to "Ma"

      • 45. 1871 October 22: Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to Duncan Flanagin

      • 46. 1871 October 23: Duncan Flanagin, University of Virginia, to parents

      • 47. 1872 March 16: Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to Duncan Flanagin

      • 48. 1872 September 26: Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to Priscilla and Benjamin Duncan

      • 49. 187[?] October 25: Duncan Flanagin, University of Virginia, to parents

      • 50. 187[?] August 19: Duncan Flanagin, University of Virginia, to "Ma"

      • 51. 1882 November 18: "Katie H." Little Rock, Arkansas, to [?] Flanagin

      • 52. 1903 February 9: Duncan Flanagin, Jr., to "Papa," [Duncan Flanagin, Sr.]

      • 53. 1917 September 12: Neill Sloan, Arkadelphia, Arkansas, to Ordnance Department of the United States, recommendation of Duncan Flanagin

    • Other

      • 54. 1846 May 30: List, volunteers for Mexican War

      • 55. 1865 December 9: Presidential Pardon, Harris Flanagin

      • 56. Undated: Biographical information

      • 57. 1981 November: Dedication of marker at Harris Flanagin's grave

    • Legal

      • 58. 1849: Deed

      • 59. 1851-1860: Deeds

      • 60. 1861-1870: Deeds

      • 61. 1871-1880: Deeds

      • 62. 1881-1890: Deeds

      • 63. 1891-1990: Deeds

      • 64. 1901-1927: Deeds

      • 65. 1856-1860: Land patents (Box 4)

      • 66. Undated: Abstract, Duncan Flanagin (Box 2)

      • 67. 1860: Land claim, Harris Flanagin

      • 68. 1874 July 28: Contract for sale of land, Cairo and Fulton Railroad to Harris Flanagin

      • 69. 1858 March 26: Lease of Land, Flanagin and Duncan to Willis Beard

      • 70. 1870: Will, Benjamin Stiles Duncan

      • 71. 1905 April 27: Statement, Nash Flanagin, Harris Flanagin Estate

      • 72. Undated: Stock certificates

      • 73. Miscellaneous

  • Political

    • Correspondence

      • 74. 1862 October 25: Telegram, to Knoxville, Tennessee, announcing Harris Flanagin's election as Arkansas governor (Box 2)

      • 75. 1872 March 25: B.F. Askew, Magnolia, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 76. 1872 May 7: Gordon N. Peay, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 77. 1872 May 13: George Watkins, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 78. 1872 May 14: G.D. Royston, Washington, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 79. 1872 May 31: U.M. Rose, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 80. 1872 June 6: Augustus H. Garland, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 81. 1872 June 15: Augustus H. Garland, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 82. 1872 July 3: Augustus H. Garland, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 83. 1872 July 13: William Woodruff, Jr., Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 84. 1872 July 25: D. Walker, Fayetteville, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 85. 1872 August: Augustus H. Garland, Washington, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 86. 1872 September 4: Augustus H. Garland, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 87. 1872 September 4: Albert Pike, Washington, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 88. 1872 September 7: B.F. Rice, Campaign Executive Committee, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 89. 1872 September 14: B.F. Rice, Campaign Executive Committee, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 90. 1872 October 4: C.B. Moore, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 91. 1872 October 7: B.F. Rice, Campaign Executive Committee, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 92. 1872 October 8: B.F. Rice, Little Rock, to Flanagin and McMillan, Arkadelphia

      • 93. 1872 October 11: Gordon Peay, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 94. 1873 January 16: Joseph Brooks, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 95. 1873 January 16: U.M. Rose, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 96. 1873 March 31: U.M. Rose, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 97. 1873 April 21: James L. Witherspoon, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 98. 1873 April 17: Augustus H. Garland, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 99. 1873 April 22 and 26: Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia, to James Witherspoon, Little Rock, and James Witherspoon to Harris Flanagin

      • 100. 1873 May 16: R.C. Newton, Washington, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 101. 1873 May 18: Gordon Peay, Little Rock, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 102. 1873 May 19: George A. Gallagher, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin

      • 103. 1873 July 1: U.M. Rose, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin

      • 104. 1873 July 29: E.W. Gault, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 105. 1873 September 15: Sam. W. Williams, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 106. 1873 September 30: W.E. Woodruff, Jr., Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 107: 1873 October 5: G.N. Peay, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 108. 1873 November 14: F.W. Compton, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 109. 1874 January 23: D.C. Casey, Mayor of Arkadelphia, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 110. 1874 April 9: G.D. Royston, Washington, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 111. 1874 April 17: James L. Witherspoon, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin

      • 112. 1874 April 26: [Augustus H.] Garland, Little Rock, to "Gov," Arkadelphia

      • 113. 1874 April 20: [Augustus H.] Garland, Little Rock, to "Gov"

      • 114. 1874 May 2: T.M. Gunter, House of Representatives, Washington, District of Columbia, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 115. 1874 May 4: W.P. Grace, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 116. 1874 May 17: B.F. Askew, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 117. 1874 July 4: Met L. Jones, Pine Bluff, to Harris Flanigan, Arkadelphia

      • 118. 1874 July 14: J. Frank Wilson et al., Yellville, to R.J. Pierce, Little Rock

      • 119. 1874 July 23: A.H. Garland, Little Rock, to Harris Flanagin

      • 120. 1874 August 1: W.J. Slemons, Monticello, Arkansas, to Harris Flanigan, Arkadelphia

      • 121. 1874 August 1: Jesse Turner, Van Buren, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Arkadelphia

      • 122. 1874 August 7: D.H. Reynolds, Lake Village, Arkansas, to Harris Flanagin, Little Rock

      • 123. 1874 September 3: Pine Bluff group to Harris Flanagin, et al., Little Rock

    • Other

      • 124. 1863 January 14: Governor's proclamation

      • 125. 1864 August 9: Governor's proclamation

      • 126. 1873 December 27: Oath of Office

      • 127. Miscellaneous, Constitutional Convention

  • Business

    • Correspondence

      • 128. 1837 July 13: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan (Box 3)

      • 129. 1852 December 15: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 130. 1857 July 22: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 131. 1858 July 16: Harris Flanagin to "Stiles," Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 132. 1859 May 4: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 133. 1859 May 12: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 134. 1859 August 5: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 135. 1859 August 30: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 136. 1859 December 1: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 137. 1860 April 27: Harris Flanagin to "Sir"

      • 138. 1860 July 23: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 139. 1860 August 28: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 140. 1860 September 28: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 141. 1865 September 27: Unknown, Arkadelphia, to Ben [Duncan]

      • 142. 1865 December 8: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 143. 1869 March 23: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 144. 1869 May 6: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 145. 1869 May 7: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 146. 1869 May 18: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 147. 1869 June 7: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 148. 1869 June 11: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 149. 1869 June 22: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 150. 1869 October 28: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 151. 1869 December 11: Harris Flanagin to Benjamin S. Duncan

      • 152. 1872 October 23: Williams and Battle to Harris Flanagin

      • 153. 1874 February 20: J.R. Eakin to Harris Flanigan

      • 154. 1883-1908: Miscellaneous postcards to Duncan Flanagin

    • Other

      • 155. 1904 September 5: Report, to Judge Duncan Flanigan, by M.P. Jackson

      • 156. 1905 August: Walsh, et al., versus Walsh et al., Circuit Court case

      • 157. Undated: File, Graham Brown

      • 158. Undated: File, Stroope

      • 159. Undated: File, J. Wilson, Graham Brown, and Jack Nickels

      • 160. 1905 May 1: Titles examined by Duncan Flanagin for Sam Pharr

      • 161. 1906 February 13: R. McDonald of Hot Springs, abstract

      • 162. Undated: Saunders [?] Company, client abstract

      • 163. Undated: Client abstract

      • 164. Undated: Client abstract

      • 165. Undated: Client abstract

      • 166. Undated: Client abstract

      • 167. Undated: Client abstract

      • 168. Undated: Miscellaneous legal notes

  • Miscellaneous

    • 169. 1838-1887: Scrapbook (Box 4)

    • 170. 1917-1958: Scrapbook

    • 171. Undated: Scrapbook, "Modern Architecture" by Katheryne Flanagin

    • 172. Miscellaneous

    • 173. Envelopes and stamps

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