James Holeman Letters, 1846 - 1862, PC.1769


James Holeman Letters, 1846 - 1862, PC.1769


James Holeman (1800-1874), was a Whig and was first elected a a state representative from Person County, N.C. Holeman married his second wife, Elizabeth Webb, also of Person County, shortly before the election of 1846. These ten letters were written by Holeman to his wife while in Raleigh attending sessions of the General Assembly from 1846 to 1862.

Descriptive Summary

James Holeman Letters
Call Number
Holeman, James, 1800-1874.
1846 - 1862
10.00 letters
State Archives of North Carolina

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    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], PC.1769, James Holeman Letters, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC, USA.

    Collection Overview

    These ten letters were written by Holeman to his wife while in Raleigh, N.C. attending sessions of the Assembly. Amusingly written in a sprightly style, the letters include numerous satirical, witty, and biting observations on his fellow assemblymen and on the city of Raleigh.

    Biographical Note

    James Holeman (1800-1874), a native of Person County from near Timberlake, N.C., and a Whig, was elected one of the representatives from Person, an overwhelmingly Democratic county, in 1846 and 1852, and state senator in 1862. His first wife, Mary Vanhook, having died in 1838, Holeman married as his second wife Elizabeth Webb of Person County shortly before the election of 1846.

    Contents of the Collection

    Subject Headings

  1. Holeman, James, 1800-1874
  2. Webb, Elizabeth
  3. North Carolina. General Assembly.
  4. Politicians--Humor.
  5. Politicians
  6. Wit and humor
  7. Raleigh (N.C.)
  8. Person County (N.C.)
  9. Acquisitions Information

    Purchase, Friends of the Archives, January 1990.

    Processing Information

  10. Processed by George Stevenson, September 1990. Encoded by Fran Tracy-Walls, July 2002, and later edited for publication in DOC, April 2020.