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Barlow (Samuel L. M.) Papers
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Personal and professional papers of lawyer and Democrat Samuel L. M. Barlow.
Samuel Latham Mitchill Barlow was a prominent corporation lawyer and backstage Democrat. Co-founder of the law firm of Bowdoin, Larocque, and Barlow in 1852, he specialized in corporate law and management, particularly in railroads, mining, land, and utilities, and was a part owner of the New York World. Barlow represented the English Shareholders Association in a successful attack on the corrupt management of the Erie Railroad in 1872 and was directly responsible for the ouster of Jay Gould from the board of directors of that company. A lifelong Democrat despite his increasing disaffection after 1870, Barlow played a pivotal role in the nomination and presidential campaign of James Buchanan, served as advisor to Buchanan's administration, worked unsuccessfully to restore the party unity at the Charleston Convention of 1860, and engineered the 1864 presidential candidacy of General George McClellan, a close friend. A notable collector of early Americana and early printed editions of European Renaissance literature, Barlow also played an active role in the social and cultural life of New York. He entertained lavishly at his Madison Avenue home and his Long Island estate, and was co-founder of the Manhattan Club and patron of museums and historical societies.
315.99 Linear Feet (276 boxes, 50 reels)
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Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services. RESTRICTED: Letterbook indexes (boxes 213-215), correspondence and documents (boxes 251-253), 51 volumes of letterbooks (boxes 259-275); this material is extremely fragile and cannot be paged until conserved.