1882 DOCUMENT SIGNED BY NORTH CAROLINA GOVERNOR THOMAS J. JARVIS WHO WAS A CONFEDERATE VETERAN THAT WAS CAPTURED & LATER WOUNDED

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Vellum document meas. approx. 9.50 x 15.75 inches. Document header reads “STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA” in an arc above the North Carolina State seal.

Document is pre-printed and filled in with period ink. It appoints one John H. Collins a “Solicitor OF OUR SUPERIOR COURT” in the 2nd judicial district. Document is dated Raleigh, December 7, 1882.

Bottom is signed by William L. Saunders as Secretary of State and Thomas J. Jarvis as Governor. Both signatures have faded a bit and browned with age.

The document bears the original foil seal with red and blue ribbon. Edges have darkened with age. One top corner is chipped and the other is curled. Document has some minor faint creases. Overall, the document is in good condition and will display well in a frame if so desired.

A period biography of Governor Jarvis is as follows:

“Thomas Jordan Jarvis was born in Currituck County, January 18, 1836. He completed the course of study at Randolph-Macon College, Virginia, and was graduated in 1860, and subsequently was engaged in teaching in Pasquotank County until he entered the Confederate service in May, 1861.

He was first a private of the State Guard, an Elizabeth City company, which was assigned to the Seventeenth regiment, and served with this command until July, when he organized a company in Currituck County, of which he was commissioned first lieutenant.  This became Company B of the Eighth regiment, and with promotion to captain in 1863, he shared the service of that regiment until disabled by wounds.

He participated in the engagement at Chicamicomico in October, 1861; was captured at Roanoke Island, held as a prisoner on the transports, then paroled and exchanged in September, 1862.

Subsequent military events in which he shared were the skirmish near New Bern in October, 1862; at Goldsboro, December, 1862; the defense of Charleston, S. C., throughout 1863, including the bombardments and the sinking of the Federal monitor Keokuk; the bombardment of Fort McAllister, near Savannah; the constant fighting at Charleston from July 11th to December 6, 1863; the engagements at New Bern, Plymouth and Little Washington in 1864, and the skirmishes about Petersburg, Va., until May 14th, when he was severely wounded, a ball shattering his right arm, and causing the removal of six inches of the bone.

He was in the hospital at Richmond until August, then was sent to the country near Petersburg, until, being convalescent, he returned home.  After the close of hostilities he opened a small store in Tyrrell County as a means of livelihood, but in the fall of 1865 began the honorable and prominent public career in which he has been distinguished, by election to the State Constitutional Convention from Currituck.

In the next year he embarked in the practice of law.  He was elected to the legislature in 1868, and as a candidate for elector on the Democratic presidential ticket, made a canvass of a large part of the State.  He was a steadfast and uncompromising defender of the best interests of the commonwealth, and in 1870, being re-elected, was chosen as speaker of the house.

He canvassed the State as an elector on the Greeley ticket, in 1872; was a member of the constitutional convention of 1875 from Pitt County, to which he removed in 1872; was elected lieutenant-governor in 1876, and upon the election of Governor Vance to the United States Senate, succeeded him in the gubernatorial chair. By election to this office, in 1880, he had an administration of six years, which is memorable for the promotion of public enterprises and industrial prosperity.

On his retirement from the governorship, he was appointed minister to Brazil by President Cleveland.  After his return from that post, at the opening of President Harrison's administration, he engaged in the practice of law at Greenville.  Upon the death of Senator Vance, Governor Jarvis was appointed successor and served as United States senator a short time. “

Thomas Jarvis died in Greenville, North Carolina on June 17, 1915 and is buried there in Cherry Hill Cemetery.

Secretary of State William Lawrence Saunders was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 30, 1835.

During the Civil War he served as colonel of the 46th North Carolina Infantry Regiment. He was wounded at the Battle of Fredericksburg and the Battle of the Wilderness. Saunders served as chief clerk of the North Carolina Senate for several years. In 1879, he was appointed Secretary of State by Gov. Thomas Jordan Jarvis to replace his brother-in-law, Joseph A. Engelhard, who had died in office. Saunders then won election to the office in 1880, 1884 and 1888.

He was the editor of the ten-volume “Colonial Records of North Carolina”, and was a member and secretary-treasurer of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Carolina Hall at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was formerly named Saunders Hall, to honor Saunders as a Confederate veteran, UNC-Chapel Hill Trustee, and leader of the North Carolina Ku Klux Klan. In 2015, the building was renamed "Carolina Hall.’

Saunders died in Raleigh on April 2, 1891 and is buried in the graveyard at Calvary Episcopal Church, Tarboro, North Carolina.  [jp] [PH:L]

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