YOUNG, Pierce Manning Butler

1836–1896

Biography

YOUNG, Pierce Manning Butler, a Representative from Georgia; born in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, S.C., on November 15, 1836; moved with his parents to Georgia in 1839; studied under private tutors and was graduated from Georgia Military Institute at Marietta in 1856; studied law; entered the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., in 1857 and resigned two months before graduation to enter the Confederate Army as a second lieutenant; served throughout the Civil War, attaining the rank of major general; settled in Cartersville, Ga., after the war and engaged in agricultural pursuits; upon the readmission of the State of Georgia to representation was elected as a Democrat to the Fortieth Congress and served from July 25, 1868, to March 3, 1869; presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Forty-first Congress, but the House decided he was not entitled to the seat; subsequently elected to fill the vacancy thus caused; reelected to the Forty-second and Forty-third Congresses and served from December 22, 1870, to March 3, 1875; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1874; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1872, 1876, and 1880; resumed agricultural pursuits; appointed United States commissioner to the Paris Exposition in 1878; consul general at St. Petersburg, Russia, 1885-1887; envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Guatemala and Honduras by appointment of President Grover Cleveland 1893-1896; died in the Presbyterian Hospital, New York City, July 6, 1896; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery, Cartersville, Ga.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Duke University
William R. Perkins Library Special Collections Department

Durham, NC
Papers: 1851-1894, 30 items. The papers include letters from family members; letters from Pierce Young while he was in the Georgia Military Institute, Marietta, Ga., and in the Confederate Army in Florida; two letters concerning the Paris Exposition in 1878; a letter referring to the successes of the election of 1892; two letters relative to American investments in Guatemala while Young served as U.S. minister there, 1893-1896; lists of subscribers to speeches by Young and others; and a list of Confederate generals and their whereabouts.

Georgia Department of Archives and History

Atlanta, GA
Papers: 56 items. Personal papers and photographs. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: In File II Names. File is primarily incoming correspondence to the Governor of Georgia. Finding aid in repository.

New-York Historical Society

New York, NY
Papers: April 16, 1893. 1 letter. Finding aid in repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Holland, Lynwood Mathis. Pierce M.B. Young: The Warwick of the South. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1964.

Young, Pierce Manning Butler. Cotton culture. Washington: N.p., 1880.

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