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Blennerhassett Family Papers, 1793

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Identifier: A0136

Title: Blennerhassett Family Papers, 1793


Harman Blennerhassett was born October 8, 1765, in England and was educated at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1796, he was ostracized by his family because of his marriage to his 17-year-old niece. They emigrated to America and bought an island on the Ohio River near Parkersburg, Virginia. He became associated with Aaron Burr and gave much of his wealth to help Burr achieve his scheme. In 1807, he was arrested and accused of treason. He and his wife left Ohio and moved to Mississippi where they failed as cotton planters and later moved to Canada. He died February 2, 1831, in Europe. His wife returned to America with one of her sons, Joseph Lewis Blennerhassett, and with the help of Henry Clay, filed for damages against the United States government. She was unsuccessful in her claims and died in New York in 1842. Joseph Lewis Blennerhassett moved to Lincoln County, Missouri, where he practiced law.

The collection contains two letters that Mrs. Blennerhassett wrote to Henry Clay regarding her claim against the government. The balance of the material consist of journals and stories written by her friends, and many poems that Mrs. Blennerhassett composed. Also includes is a journal of Stephen Randol of his journey from Montreal to the United States, which he kept for Mrs. Blennerhassett.

3 folders

Cite as: Blennerhassett Family Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND


Dates: 1793

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Blennerhassett, Elizabeth Lacy

Subjects: Poetry


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