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Martin S. Willard Papers


Martin S. Willard (1858-1933) was born in Washington, N.C. to Albert A. and Mary Hannis Stevenson Willard. He was vice president and secretary of Carolina Insurance Company and president of the Willard Bag and Manufacturing Company, Wilmington, both located in Wilmington. A Democrat, Willard was elected in New Hanover County to the N.C. House of Representatives (General Assembly sessions of 1899/1900 and 1901).Papers include a letterbook, 1900-1903, with correspondence regarding legislative matters, and a small quantity of business and family matters; about one-third cubic feet of legislative and insurance related correspondence, 1891, and 1900-1903; and two scrapbooks of clippings concernin ... (more below)

Title

Martin S. Willard Papers

Collection Number

PC.2029

Date(s)

1891 - 1903

Language

English

Physical Description
2.0 boxes
(1 fibredex box, 1 oversize manuscript size box)
Physical Description
Fibredex boxes
1.00
Oversize manuscript boxes
1.00
Abstract

Martin S. Willard (1858-1933) was born in Washington, N.C. to Albert A. and Mary Hannis Stevenson Willard. He was vice president and secretary of Carolina Insurance Company and president of the Willard Bag and Manufacturing Company, Wilmington, both located in Wilmington. A Democrat, Willard was elected in New Hanover County to the N.C. House of Representatives (General Assembly sessions of 1899/1900 and 1901).

Papers include a letterbook, 1900-1903, with correspondence regarding legislative matters, and a small quantity of business and family matters; about one-third cubic feet of legislative and insurance related correspondence, 1891, and 1900-1903; and two scrapbooks of clippings concerning laws, taxes, public corporations, etc., 1900-1904.

Physical Location

For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Public Services Branch, North Carolina State Archives.

Creator

Willard, Martin S.

Repository

State Archives of North Carolina


Chronological.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


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Martin Stevenson Willard (1858-1933) was born in Washington, N.C. to Albert A. and Mary Hannis Stevenson Willard. He was vice president and secretary of Carolina Insurance Company and president of the Willard Bag and Manufacturing Company, both located in Wilmington. A Democrat, Willard was elected in New Hanover County to the N.C. House of Representatives (General Assembly sessions of 1899/1900 and 1901). Committees on which Willard served included Revenue, Insurance, Penal Institutions, and Military Affairs.

Committees on which Willard served included Revenue, Insurance, Penal Institutions, and Military Affairs. After serving in the General Assembly, Willard continued for a number of years his work with the Carolina Insurance Company and president of the Willard Bag and Manufacturing Company

During Willard's tenure in the General Assembly he worked on the preparation of a new revenue bill and advocated the adoption of an inheritance tax, that was eventually incorporated into law.

Willard was also chairman of the Insurance Committee of the House of Representatives. The law enacted under Willard's leadership provided for the establishment of a state Department of Insurance. The new agency was charged with performing all duties previously exercised by the secretary of state relating to insurance in North Carolina. This included the licensing and regulating of all insurance companies and their agents throughout the state. The insurance law drew notice from other southern states.

In 1907 Willard published a travel account, Letters from a Tarheel Traveler in Mediterranean Countries.

Sources: Samuel A. Ashe, ed., Biographical History of North Carolina, 8 vols. (Greensboro: Charles L. Van Noppen, 1905-1917), 4: 473-480. Guide to Research Materials in the North Carolina State Archives: State Agency Records, Dept. of Insurance, 417. North Carolina Death Certificates, 1913-1975.


[Identification of item], PC.2029, Martin S. Willard Papers, 1898-1903, North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, N.C., USA.


Received as a gift from Mr. Emerson Willard, Wilmington, N.C.


Additional information on topics found in this collection may be found in the Manuscript and Archives Reference System (MARS)  http://mars.archives.ncdcr.gov.


Papers include a letterbook, 1900-1903, with correspondence regarding legislative matters, and a small quantity of business and family matters; about one-third cubic feet of legislative correspondence, 1900-1903; and two scrapbooks of clippings concerning laws, taxes, public corporations, etc., 1900-1904.


  • Wilmington (N.C.)

This series includes letters and petitions and a legislative seating chart, circa 1901, received and generated primarily during the period of Mr. Willard's legislative service, 1899-1901.

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 1  
Insurance/Legislative Letters, 1891
1891

Scope and Content

Includes one carbon of a typed letter (6 February 1891) opposing the passage of an insurance deposit law in North Carolina. Annotation and comments are typed in the margins of the letter in another color. There is also a form lette (26 January 1891) from John W. Gordon, an insurance agent in Richmond, Va., who apparently was a native of North Carolina and who also transacted business in North Carolina.

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 3  
Legislative Letters, 1898
December 21, 1898

Scope and Content

Consists of one letter written by Martin Willard to the California secretary of state requesting a copy of the California law governing party primary elections in cities. A response written by hand on the letter was from L.H. (Lewis Henry) Brown, secretary of state, said that the state's primary law had been declared unconstitutional and a Senator Stratton would be introducing a new one.

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 8  
Legislative Letters, 1899
February - March

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 4  
Legislative Letter, 1900
May 19, 1900

Scope and Content

Letter appears to be of a personal business nature addressed to Willard and Giles, Wilmington.

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 5  
Legislative Letters (A)
January - February 1901

17732
Legislative Letters (B)
January - February 1901

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 6  
Legislative Letters (C)
1900

17733
Legislative Letters (D)
March - June 1900

17734
Legislative Letters
Undated

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 2  
Petitions from Various Manufacturers of N.C.
Circa 1899

Scope and Content

Set of three indentical petitions, but each with signatures of presidents or other representatives of different mills and manufacturing companies throughout the state. Most enterprises were cotton mills. The petitioners asked the General Assembly to amend the insurance laws to permit plant owners to obtain insurance against loss by fire with fire insurance companies they deemed best, regardless of whether such companies were incorporated under the state laws or residents thereof.

Box: PC.2029  
Folder: 9  
Legislative Seating Chart, circa
1901

17735
Legislative Printed Matter
Circa 1899, 1901

17736
Miscellaneous
1899-1901

Scope and Content

Includes statements, bills, and receipts. A bill from the Yarborough House, Raleigh, March of 1901, included a charge of one month's board for $120, in addition to incidental charges.

This series includes a letterbook, 1900-1903, with correspondence regarding legislative matters, and a small quantity of business and family matters; and two scrapbooks of clippings concerning laws, taxes, public corporations, etc., 1900-1904.