Thomas Jefferson Papers

Granville S. Crockett to Thomas Jefferson, 23 July 1819

From Granville S. Crockett

Frankfort July 23d 1819


Yours encloseing a letter to the Transylvania University, reached here yesterday and is forward agreeable to request, any future communication will reach the young Gentlemen in Lexington Ky. as that institution is in that Place—

I have the honor to be &.C.
Gran. S. Crockett
A.P.m. Frankt Ky

RC (MHi); adjacent to closing and signature: “Hon. Th. Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as a letter from “Gran & Crockett” received 16 Aug. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

Granville S. Crockett (b. 1799), farmer and public official, was probably born in Kentucky but eventually moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee. There he commanded a military unit, the Murfreesboro Volunteers, in the 1820s. Crockett served as sheriff of Rutherford County, 1834–36, a delegate to the Tennessee House of Representatives, 1835–37, clerk of that body in 1839, and clerk of the county chancery court, 1841–42. He owned six slaves in 1830 and nine in 1840. In 1845 Crockett unsuccessfully sought an appointment from President James K. Polk as United States consul at Tangier (Crockett family Bible [KyHi: Crockett and Morris Family Bibles]; Janie P. C. French and Zella Armstrong, Notable Southern Families [1918–33], 5:311, 321; Jane Lawrence Stone, comp., The Snell Family [1974], 99–100; Robert M. McBride, Dan M. Robison, and others, Biographical Directory of the Tennessee General Assembly [1975– ], 1:176; History of Tennessee From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties [1886], 818–9, 828; Senate Journal of the First Session of the Twenty-Third General Assembly of the State of Tennessee [1840], 5; DNA: RG 29, CS, Tenn., Rutherford Co., 1830, 1840; Herbert Weaver and others, eds., Correspondence of James K. Polk [1969– ], esp. 9:537).

No covering letter from TJ for his letter to Vachel Worthington and George W. Anderson, 17 June 1819, of the Calliopean Society of transylvania university, is recorded in SJL and none has been found. a.p.m.: assistant postmaster.

Index Entries

  • Anderson, George Washington; and Calliopean Society of Transylvania University search
  • Calliopean Society, Transylvania University search
  • Crockett, Granville S.; as assistant postmaster search
  • Crockett, Granville S.; identified search
  • Crockett, Granville S.; letter from search
  • Transylvania University (Lexington, Ky.); Calliopean Society of search
  • Worthington, Vachel; and Calliopean Society of Transylvania University search