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William F. Tompkins (1862-1896) Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 80-13
This collection contains manuscripts regarding William F. Tompkins, a Jackson County, NC, physician and businessman. Tompkins was born in Michigan in 1862, but grew up in Kansas and Colorado. He took his professional training in the Louisville Medical College (Louisville, KY). His first practice was at Colorado Springs, CO. While still a young man he moved to Webster, NC (Jackson County), where he established a medical practice and became a land and mineral speculator. Dr. Tompkins served as chairman of the Executive Committee of the Republican Party in the Ninth Congressional District.



Dr. Tompkins married Annie Luck, daughter of Felix A. Luck, editor of the Tuckaseigee Democrat and the Sylva Sentinel. William and Annie Tompkins had three sons: Frank, Harry, and Dan. Dan Tompkins would become editor of the Jackson County Journal. Dr. Tompkins died in 1896.



The main grouping of the collection consists of correspondence of Dr. Tompkins. Much of this correspondence concerns Tompkins' business affairs, in particular his real estate dealings. Tompkins was involved with buying and selling mineral and timber rights as well as real estate. Also of note is the political correspondence in the collection. On March 2, 1889, there was a request from James B. Mason, of Chapel Hill, NC, for an introduction to President Harrison. There are several letters from U. S. Congressman Hamilton Glover Ewart during 1889-1890. The 1890-1891 correspondence contains letters from the Protective Tariff League.



Following the correspondence are deeds, mineral and timber rights, legal papers, Republican Party materials and speeches, Jackson County Medical Society papers, and the Good Roads Association papers.



The final grouping contains ledgers and notebooks. These include medical notebooks and business ledgers.

Dates

  • 1820 - 1912

Condition Description

Good

Conditions Governing Use

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Extent

2 Linear Feet