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Thomas Harney daybook


Identifier: 00-1913-32-0

Scope and Contents

The Thomas Harney daybook (1913-32-0) contains various entries by Thomas Harney, and later his wife, between the years 1856 and 1876. The majority of the journal contains brief daily entries that describe the weather condition, the wind direction, daily activities, and the temperature at sunrise, noon, and sunset. Also recorded are letters sent, as well as a recipe for ink and whitewash. Item is currently housed in 3A Box 22.


  • created: 1856-1876
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1912


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Biographical or Historical Information

Thomas Harney, Esq. was born in Camden County, North Carolina, on October 22, 1802. Losing his parents during his infancy, and being left by them without fortune, he received from a paternal aunt the moral and religious training that pervaded his conduct througout his after life, and other friends furnished him with the means of acquiring a preparatory education at home and a classical one at Columbia College, Washington City, at which latter institution he graduated with distinction. After graduating, Mr. Harney went to Tennessee and studied law with Judge Rucks, was admitted to the bar, and commemced practice in the office of James K. Polk, afterwards President of the United States. While in the office of Mr. Polk, he formed the acquaintance of General Jackson (who was a warm friend of the family) and was a frequent visitor at the Hermitage; and he also became intimately associated with the leading lawyers and statesmen of Tennessee and Kentucky. He subsequently removed to Mississippi, where he immediately took rank among the prominent members of the bar, and served with distinction in the Legislature of that State during the stirring time sof repudiation - a scheme which he steadfastly opposed as in gross violation of the public faith. He was the intimate friend of Gen. John A. Quitman; and the two united in an address to the people of Mississippi, opposing the doctring of repudiation. His public career was honorable to himself and faithful to his constituents. He finally removed to St. Louis, where he successfully prosecuted his profession until 1850, when he retired from its arduous labors, to enjoy in ease and quiet the ample fortune which he had fairly earned by his untiring energy and ability, in competition with the ablest men of his day. At this peirod, he married a lady from Connecticut, established a summer residence in Litchfield, in that State, and during the remainder of his life he spent his summers there and his winters among his kinsmen in his native state. And it was during one of his annual visits to the home of his childhood, that he was suddenly stricken down by disease of the heart, full of years and honors; in the communion of hte Episcopal Church, and the confident hope of a blissful immortality. He died where he wished to die; among his kinsmen, in the bosom of his dear native state, towards which his spirit ever yeared with the devotion of a loyal son, and comforted by the gentle and affectionate ministrations of his devoted wife. The large concourse of both white and colored who followed his remains to teh grave attested the high esteem in which the deceased was held by the host of friends who loved him for his many virtues. And now "he sleeps his last sleep" beneath the pine and cypress of the sunny South, and his funeral requiems is sung by the breezes that sweep over the graves of his ancestors. Mr. Harney won friends everywhere by his genial and affable manners, his elevated spirit, his superior intelligence, and his strict and unbending integrity; and those who had the good fortune to enjoy his intimage friendship will never cease to cherish the most agreeable recollections of the memory of one who bore himself with such conspicuous devotion in all the relations of life; as husbad, relative, friend, counsellor and public servant.

Note from "In Memoriam," Thomas Harney, Esq.


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