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Emerson Bentley Papers
Collection 94
Bentley, Emerson (1850-1889). Papers, 1866-1900
5 inches
Bentley, Emerson, journalist. Born Columbiana County, Ohio, July 15, 1850. Editor of the St. Landry Progress, 1869; owned, edited, and published the Attakapas Register in Franklin, Louisiana, 1871-1873; represented St. Mary Parish in the General Assembly; later held the position of Division Superintendent of Public Education for the Third District before establishing permanent residency in New Orleans, where he was editorial writer for the New Orleans Chronicle and president of the New Orleans typographical Union while working for the New Orleans Republican. Married, 1871, Joan Pursell of Carrollton. Six children. Member of the Kenilworth Lodge, Knights of Pythias, business manager of the New Orleans Southwestern Christian Advocate, organ of the Methodist Episcopal church. Died, New Orleans, September 25, 1889; interred Carrollton Cemetery.

This collection consists of diaries and scrapbooks of Bentley.

[Narrative taken from The Dictionary of Louisiana Biography]
A. Papers
1-1 thru 1-2
B. Diary
C. Scrapbooks
1-4 thru 1-5
Box 1      
1-1 Papers: Emerson Bentley, part II, 1866-1889 by Lel H. McCullough, 25pp.
1-2 Same: “Prologue to Violence in the Reconstruction Era: Excerpts from the Diary of Emerson Bentley”, edited by Dr. Frederick J. Stielow, with Denise Butkovich and Deborah Johnson, 7 pp., n.d.
1-3 Diary: Emerson Bentley’s Diary, 1860-1888
1-4 Scrapbook: Emerson Bentley, contains newspaper articles, 1875-1882
1-5 Same: Emerson Bentley, Jr., n.d.

Document last revised Thursday, March 14, 2013 9:12 AM

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