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Zebulon Weaver Collection

Identifier: MSS 80-01

Scope and Contents

Zebulon Weaver (1872-1948) was a lawyer and U.S. Representative from western North Carolina. He was born in the Weaverville area of Buncombe County, NC. He was educated in the local schools, including Weaver College, and also studied law at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Admitted to the bar in 1894, Weaver practiced law in Asheville, NC, prior to entering politics.

Weaver served in the North Carolina House of Representatives (1907-1909) and the state Senate (1913-1915). A Democrat, he began his lengthy service in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1917. Although defeated in 1919, he successfully contested the election and continued serving consecutive terms until the election of 1928, when he was defeated again. Weaver was re-elected in 1930 and served from 1931-1946, when he was again defeated for re-election.

Retiring from politics, he resumed his law practice in Asheville, NC. He died in 1948, and was buried in Asheville's Riverside Cemetery.

Weaver was married to Anna Danvers. They had nine children, including their second son, Zebulon, Jr., who donated the collection.

During his tenure in the U. S. Congress, Weaver served on the House Judiciary Committee and also possibly served on veterans affairs and post office committees. His correspondence contains letters on the latter two subjects.

The correspondence also covers Weaver's involvement in establishing the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and development of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Weaver acted as attorney for the Park and was involved in the purchase of land. The collection contains newspaper clippings relating to this subject.

The collection also contains material on the Buncombe County Democratic Party Organization and Weaver's 1928 election campaign. More material on the 1928 election can be found in the "Zebulon Weaver, Add. #1" collection (MSS 80-08).

Other subjects covered in the collection include Fontana Dam and Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) projects in western North Carolina, various Congressional bills, and Weaver's law practice. In addition, miscellaneous projects in the western North Carolina area are mentioned throughout the collection.

The collection is arranged as follows:

1. Correspondence: 1895-1946.

2. Business Records, including account books, bills, receipts, and checks: 1895-1946.

3. Legal papers and documents, including deeds, tax materials, insurance policies, warranties, court petitions, affidavits: 1850-1946.

4. Political materials, including speeches: 1928.

5. Printed materials, including copies of bills, petitions, pamphlets, etc., all related to Weaver's job as a Congressman: 1922-1946.

6. Newspaper clippings, including clippings relative to Weaver's career and various projects with which he was involved: 1916-1946.

7. Miscellaneous materials, including genealogical and biographical information about Weaver and his family: 1939-1944.

8. Photographs, see container and folder list for description: 1937-1944 (most are not dated).

9. Maps, see container and folder list for description: 1927-1942.


  • 1850 - 1951

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15 Linear Feet

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Part of the Hunter Library - Special Collections Repository

Cullowhee United States