Originally published by the University of Virginia Library in 1967.
Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter (1809-1887) served as a congressman, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. senator, Confederate secretary of state, and Confederate senator from Virginia, in which capacity he was sent as a delegate to the Hampton Roads Peace Conference in February 1865.
A supporter of John C. Calhoun, whose presidential campaign he organized, Hunter was regarded as one of the most effective spokesmen of the southern position in the years before the Civil War and, with Jefferson Davis and Robert A. Toombs, is considered one of the "Southern Triumvirate."
The Papers of R.M.T. Hunter contain some three thousand items from the University of Virginia Library, divided into two parts arranged chronologically. The first part (roll 1) contains manuscript and printed copies of Hunter's speeches; the second part (rolls 2-13) contains private, public, and business papers of Hunter and his family.
This collection is an excellent source for the study of antebellum politics, the history of the Confederacy, and the rise of the Redeemer movement in the Upper South immediately after the war.
Number of rolls: 13