John M. Shirley papers, 1866 - 1881Manuscript MS-1312

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Title:

John M. Shirley papers, 1866 - 1881

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1312

Collection Dates:

1866 - 1881

Size of Collection:

1 box (.50 linear ft.)

Abstract:

John Major Shirley (1831-1887), lawyer. Dartmouth College Honorary Degree 1865. The collection contains a diary in two volumes as well as a manuscript account of a journey to California and the Pacific Northwest taken by Shirley in 1871.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The collection contains a diary in two volumes kept by John M. Shirley during the time he was a reporter of the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the writing of his book "Dartmouth College Causes and the Supreme Court of the United States." A manuscript account of a journey to California and the Pacific Northwest taken by Shirley in 1871, is also included.

Biography

John Major Shirley was born on November 16, 1831, in Sanbornton, NH. He began the study of law with Cate and Rogers at Sanbornton Bridge in 1850, and was admitted to the Belknap County Bar in 1854. In October of 1855, Shirley went into partnership with Samuel Butterfield. He continued and expanded his law practice after Butterfield's death in 1860. Shirley was postmaster from 1855-1859, representative from 1859-1860, superintendent of schools from 1862-1865 and delegate to the constitutional convention of 1876. He was also a reporter for the New Hampshire Supreme Court from 1871-1876. In 1865, Shirley received an honorary doctorate from Dartmouth College and in 1879, published his treatise "Dartmouth College Causes and the Supreme Court of the United States." Shirley died on May 21, 1887, in Andover, New Hampshire.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, 1866-1881

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box: 1, Dates: 1866-1881

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Diary, Volume 1, 1866-1869
  • Folder: 2, Diary, Volume 2, 1878-1881
  • Folder: 3, Manuscript account of a journey to California and the Pacific Northwest taken by Shirley in 1871, undated

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