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Phillip Pennywit Telegram

Identifier: MS L34 Pennywit

Scope and Content Note

Telegraph agent's delivery copy of telegram dated at Van Buren, Arkansas March 19, 1861, from Van Buren merchant Pennywit to convention delegates Jesse Turner and Hugh F. Thomason, Little Rock, Arkansas, approving the action of the Arkansas Secession Convention and the "immortal thirty nine who...voted down the ordinance of Secession."


  • Creation: 1861


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Information

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Use Information

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No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Captain Phillip Pennywit was known for captaining steamboats along Arkansas rivers, reportedly the first to navigate the White River via steamboat. Pennywit was born in Virginia in 1793 and moved west as a young man. He spent decades piloting keel-boats and later steamboats on the Mississippi River and later the White River and other Arkansas rivers. He retired from steamboating in 1847 and became a merchant in Van Buren, Arkansas. He passed away on January 9, 1868 in Little Rock, Arkansas.


.001 Linear Feet (1 item)

Arrangement of the Papers

The collection consists of a single item, housed in a box with other smaller manuscript collections.

Acquisition Information

The Phillip Pennywit Telegram was donated to the University of Arkansas Libraries in 1937.

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Phillip Pennywit Telegram
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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