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Wiley Norris Nash papers

Identifier: CPRC-013

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two boxes. Box 1 holds folders 1-29 and Box 2 holds folders 30-32. A new inventory was taken of the collection in 2015. During the new inventory, folders were labeled according to the first inventory's headings. A graduate student checked the folders to make sure the folders corresponded with the inventory.

The collection contains Correspondence from family, friends, and clients in Mississippi, Alabama, and Washington State relating chiefly to legal matters and to Nash's career as attorney general; casualty lists, roster, and other papers relating to Harvey's Scouts, a Confederate cavalry company of which Nash was a member; business papers (1872-1924) including accounts, bills, scattered tax statements and receipts (1872-1912) from Starkville, Mississippi, and Port Townsend, Washington; and legal documents including insurance policies, stock certificates, deeds, records of legal cases, guardianship papers, and promissory notes.


  • 1872 - 1924


Access Restrictions

Open to all researchers.

Use Restrictions

Any requests for permission to publish, quote, or reproduce materials from this collection must be submitted in writing to the Congressional and Political Research Center. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Mississippi State University as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.


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Historical Note

Wiley Norris Nash was born in 1846 in Noxubee County Mississippi and great up in Oktibbeha County. When the Civil War broke out, Nash enlisted in the Confederate army under General Wirt Adams' Cavalry Regiment and later in Harvey's Scouts. After the war, he attended the University of Misssissippi and received a law degree. In 1875, he was elected District Attorney on the Democratic ticket. In 1883, he became a member of the Mississippi legislature. He was elected Attorney General of Mississippi in 1896. Nash ran for the office of Lieutenant Governor but lost the election. Throughout his lifetime, he joined the Freemasons and the Independent Order of Oddfellows. he passed away in 1916.

Wiley Norris Nash Papers
June 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Mississippi Political Collections Repository