Guide to the James Clarence Harper, Diary and Accounts (transcription), Volume 4, 1865-1867

Summary Information

Title: James Clarence Harper, Diary and Accounts (transcription), Volume 4, 1865-1867
Collection: AC.1144
Extent: 0.01 linear feet (1 folder)

This small collection is the transcribed Diary and Accounts of James C. Harper, manuscript volume 4, 1865-1867.

Creator: James Clarence Harper

Biographical/Historical Note

James Clarence Harper (1819–1890) was a United States Representative in Congress from the State of North Carolina for one term (1871–1873). Harper was born in Pennsylvania but moved in 1840 to what would soon become Caldwell County, North Carolina. A Democrat, he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives in the special election of 1865, after receiving, in August of that year, a pardon from President Andrew Johnson for his part in "the late rebellion." He was re-elected in 1866. Harper was seemingly elected again in 1868, but the election was later declared illegal.

In 1870, Harper was elected to the 42nd United States Congress as a Democrat or "Conservative," as some North Carolina Democrats were calling themselves at the time. He did not run for re-election in 1872.

Harper sat on the North Carolina Commission of Claims and on the building committee of the Davenport Female College in Lenoir, North Carolina. He was also the president of the Western North Carolina Insane Asylum in Morganton, North Carolina

Harper was married to Louise C. McDowell and had two children. He was the father-in-law of Judge Clinton A. Cilley. Many of Harper's papers, including almost fifty years of his diaries, can be found in the Southern Historical Collection of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Scope and Contents

This 22-page transcription of the 1865-1867 diary and accounts of James C. Harper relates his daily health, the weather conditions, family and religious matters, and the happenings in the North Carolina House of Commons, beginning November 23, 1865 and ending December 31, 1865. The account of his expenses are detailed and covers 1866.


This is a single-item collection.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for use in the Dougherty Reading Room. An appointment for research is recommended. The Dougherty Reading Room is located on the 4th floor of Belk Library in Special Collections.

Acquisitions Information

This collection was donated by Ms. Sharon Moon in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by by Anita Elliott in July 2015.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], AC.1144: James Clarence Harper, Diary and Accounts (transcription), Volume 4, W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina USA.