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Collection Title: Carroll (Joseph Charles) Autograph Book

Collection Number: M200

Dates: 1841, 1847, 1860-1867, 1920

Volume: 1 volume (and photocopy)

Provenance: Donated by Dr. Andrew Carroll, grandson of the autograph collector, Joseph Charles Carroll, in 1977.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

Joseph Charles Carroll was a resident of Norfolk, Virginia, from about 1869 and was active in the public affairs of that city. In 1876 he was elected vice-president of the City Councils and in succeeding years he served as both the vice-president and president of the Select Council (later called the Board of Aldermen). By virtue of the executive position, Carroll was also a member of the city school board and was responsible for many improvements in the Norfolk School System.

Carroll was the national secretary of the Catholic Knights of American at the time that the organization relocated in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1899; he continued in that position well into the 20th century.

Scope and Content:

This autograph booklet contains more than 75 autographs collected by Joseph Charles Carroll. Over 60 of the autographs are of notable Civil War generals which were collected between the years 1864 and 1867. They include generals Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, George G. Meade, George A. Custer, and Joseph Hooker. Confederate generals include P.G.T. Beauregard and James Longstreet. Besides military leaders there are autographs of President Andrew Johnson (1867); former vice-president of the Confederacy, Alexander H. Stephens; U.S. Senator and former Secretary of War, Simon Cameron; and the signatures and seals of office of Daniel Webster (1841) and James Buchanan (1847) while they served as United States Secretary of State. In addition there are autographs of the first Japanese Ambassador to the United States (circa 1860), Tunisian Envoy, General Otman Hashem (circa 1865), and General John J. Pershing (1920).

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