[1868 Self-Recommendation to Georgia Governor Rufus B. Bullock regarding appointment as 19th Senatorial District Court Judge from William H. McWhorter. With the Autograph Endorsement of Nine Individuals].
Requesting a judicial appointment from newly-elected Georgia Reconstruction Governor Bullock
Georgia Governor Bullock had only been in office four days when he received this request for a judicial appointment.
The first page is a brief one-sentence request from William H. McWhorter to receive a judicial appointment from Governor Bullock. The second page is also addressed to Bullock and bears a statement attesting that William McWhorter had exemplary qualifications and recommending his appointment signed by the following: Foster Blodgett, C. H. Prince, Joseph Adkins, R. L. McWhorter [“Speaker House, Representatives”], J. E. Bryant, Wm. F. Halden, John Neal, Abram Colby [here as “Cobley”], S. Gardner.
Bullock’s administration was fraught with scandal. Foster Blodgett (his autograph here seen) was a Bullock crony and was later accused by Georgia Democrats, along with Atlanta opera house owner Hannibal I. Kimball, of embezzling state funds. Bullock later made a hasty retreat from Georgia to escape impeachment.
Robert L. McWhorter (here autographed as R. L. McWhorter) was targeted and harassed by the Ku Klux Klan for his presumed favoritism towards the black population. Abram Colby, an African-American Reconstruction-era legislator, autographs as “Cobley” instead of Colby. As noted by author Jonathan M. Bryant, Colby could barely read and had his son, who could read and write, served as his secretary.
William McWhorter was one of Robert L. McWhorter’s two brothers. According to Bryant:
[He] practiced law in Alabama until he made enough money to buy a plantation. In 1859 William returned to Greene County, purchased a large plantation in the Forks district, and entered county politics . . . Once established as planters, the McWhorter brothers built an economic and political dynasty that dominated Green and Oglethorpe Counties for more than fifty years. [p41]
To our knowledge, William McWhorter handily received his judicial appointment.
Description: [1868 Self-Recommendation to Georgia Governor Rufus B. Bullock regarding appointment as 19th Senatorial District Court Judge from William H. McWhorter. With the Autograph Endorsement of Nine Individuals].
Autograph Letter Signed and Document Signed. Atlanta, [Georgia]. July 8, 1868. 2pp. Quarto, monogrammed and lightly lined, docketed. Slightly tanned and scattered stains; very good.
Bryant, How Curious a Land… (UNC, 2004).