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M-589 Durham, John Stephens Correspondence

ABSTRACT: Letter written by John Stephens Durham to Benjamin W. Austin of Dallas, Texas.

SCOPE: This letter was written by John Stephens Durham in response to Benjamin W. Austin’s request for an autograph. The letter, dated 1894, mentions President Florvil Hyppolite of Haiti and President Ulises Heureaux of the Dominican Republic.

EXTENT: One page.

HISTORY: John Stephens Durham was born in Philadelphia in 1861. He studied civil engineering at the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a reporter and associate editor for multiple newspapers. In 1891, Durham succeeded Frederick Douglass as the United States Minister Resident to Haiti and was concurrently appointed as the Chargé d’Affaires to Santo Domingo. He served in these roles until 1893. Durham would later work as an attorney, sugar plantation manager, and author before his death in London in 1919.

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Preferred Citation note: The preferred citation for this collection is “From the Special Collections of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri – St. Louis."