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Samuel Gholson Woolf papers

Identifier: MSS-1578

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A collection of personal correspondence and essays on various Southern topics by this Marengo County attorney and politician.

The essay titles include: Historical events and excerpts copied from Pickett’s History of Alabama. The Alabamas: Muscogees, Desoto, Choctaws. Theories on Alcoholics. (Mr. Cheney) Archaeological Theories “Ball Play” Battle of Horse Shoe Buried Treasure The Canoe fight The Remarkable Canoe Fight The Choctaws Ponce de Leon Demopolis, Alabama (reconstruction days) Desoto Desoto in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi Theories on Evolution Franklin, Benjamin Frisco Railroad System Gaines, George S “Gaineswood” Hatred for New Englanders and Negroes Heflin, James Thomas Maubila The McGillivarys Miracles The Muscogees The Original Inhabitants of the Gulf States Our Flag Pushmataha Pushmataha Memorial Services The Torture of Prisoners Wildlife Conservation---Sumter County A Yaller Dog Democrat (Mr. Lincoln).


  • 1930 - 1931


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Samuel Gholson Woolf (20 May 1853 - September 1931) was born at Linden, Marengo County, Alabama. He was the son of Henry Ashley and Francis (Gholson) Woolf. Henry Ashley Woolf was a lawyer, legislator, and a member of the 1875 constitutional convention. His grandfather, James B. Woolf, moved to Alabama in 1818 and was one of the pioneer settlers of Marengo County. Samuel Gholson Woolf was educated in the common schools of Linden and attended Kentucky University from 1869-1871 but did not graduate. He began the practice of law at Linden in 1881. He served in the Alabama House of Representatives 1888-1889; 1900-1901; and 1907-1910 and in the Alabama Senate 1903-1906. He was elected probate judge of Marengo County in 1892.

He was a democrat, a Missionary Baptist, and Mason, and a Knight of Pythias. He married twice: first to Fanny Pickering, 8 January 1879 and then to Mrs. Sadie Henley Lyon, 26 August 1896. He had three children by his first wife. Two of his children appear in the papers, Betty (Woolf) Thornton and John King Woolf.


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A collection of personal correspondence and essays on various Southern topics by this Marengo County attorney and politician.


Purchased from the Kennedy Family
Guide to the Samuel Gholson Woolf Papers
June 1999
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Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266