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Prepared by Cara Gilgenbach, March 13, 2002; Updated February 2019
Inclusive Dates: 1880-1896
Extent: .16 cubic foot (1 slim document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Biographical Note: Novelist, magazinist, and attorney Albion Winegar Tourgée was born May 2, 1838, in Williamsfield, Ohio, and died May 21, 1905, in Bordeaux, France. He grew up on a farm near Kingsville, Ohio, and attended the University of Rochester for two years. He served in the Union Army from 1861-63, during which time he suffered spinal injuries and spent four months in a Confederate prison. In 1864 he was admitted to the Ohio bar. Hoping to find entrepreneurial opportunities in the South, he moved to North Carolina in 1865 . Labeled a "carpetbagger", he believed in the reintegration of the Union, abhorred slavery, took on African-Americans as law clients and employees, and openly criticized the Ku Klux Klan. He joined the Republican Party and was a delegate to the North Carolina constitutional convention in 1868. Tourgée's writings include several novels and political articles. One of his best-known novels is A Fool's Errand: By One of the Fools (1879). He founded a magazine called Our Continent (later, Continent) in 1881 and also published another periodical called Basis: A Journal of Citizenship.
Scope and Content: This collection contains a small selection of correspondence and two quotations by Tourgée.
Related Material: Special Collections and Archives holds a large number of Tourée published works in its book collections. See the KentLINK catalog for holdings.
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