Guide to the Lee S. Schieffelin Papers, RG 135
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: October 2003
0.25 cubic feet; 86 items.
Number of Boxes:
8 file folders.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Lee Starke Schieffelin was born in Mobile, Alabama. He attended Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College (presently Auburn University) from 1874 to 1878. During his years at Auburn he received the highest scholistic and military honors and was captian in the corps of cadets. He graduated from the college with a degree in civil engineering in 1878. Following graduation he relocated to Augusta, Georgia where he worked for the Georgia Railroad & Banking Company. Two years later he moved to Nashville, Tennessee and established the American Steam Feed Company, which he ran until 1895.
Scope and Content:
The collection consists primarily of 73 letters of 1893 and 1894 relating to Schieffelin's efforts to be appointed Major Paymaster of the United States Army. In addition to the original letters of recommendation, 3 nine page page form letters (Feb. 14,17 & 22, 1894) give his vita and approximately 60 excerpts from commendatory letters to President Cleveland. Other correspondence includes one letter to George Schieffelin (Jan. 26, 1860); 6 letters (1879) of introduction of Schieffelin to Washington officials; and one postcard (Jan. 31, 1880) from W. J. Samord.
Remaining items include a photostatic copy of the marriage license of Lee S. Schieffelin and Marie Essie Hankinson; statement of expenses while at Alabama A & M from October to June, 1878; 2 statements of purchases from J. H. Wilson Military Goods; collection of newspaper clippings; namecards and Program of Exercises, Alabama A & M, June, 1877.
Separated: one issue of the Opelika Leader 1878, containing an article, "Auburn Items", by Lee S. Schieffelin.
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