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Inventory of the David Glasgow Farragut Papers 1826-1913
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: David Glasgow Farragut Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1826-1913
    Creator: Farragut, David Glasgow, 1801-1870
    Extent: 285 pieces
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The first part of the collection, consisting of 102 letters (1863-1880) addressed to Thornton A. Jenkins, was acquired from Charles Baker in 1918. The second part - 180 items covering 1826-1913 of personal and official correspondence was acquired from Abraham Lincoln Book Shop in 1962, and was interfiled with the first Farragut Collection.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], David Glasgow Farragut Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

    Scope and Content

    David G. Farragut, naval officer, joined the U.S. Navy in 1810 as a midshipman and gained experience in a broad range of service. He was with Commodore David Porter duting the War of 1812, served in the Mediterranean from 1815 to 1820, 1838, and in Mexican and South American waters through the forties. After working in Washington, D.C., and Norfolk, Va., from 1850 to 1854, and in California from 1855-1859, he took command of the Union blockade of the South in the Gulf of Mexico in 1862. In 1864 he made his famous attack on Mobile Bay.

    Subject matter

    Farragut's activities during the Union blockade of the South, family affairs, including his children; personal business; naval politics; Farragut's efforts for promotion, and his conflict with Oliver Hazard Perry; Mexican War, visit to Haiti.