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Letters, clippings, speeches, and miscellaneous items relating to the activities of the Kernan family of Utica, including letters to Francis Kernan referring to his election as U.S. representative (1862), as Democratic candidate for governor (1872), U.S. Senator (1875-1881), to the presidential campaigns (1864-1892), the currency question (1877-1878), the tariff (1888-1889), state and national Democratic party politics (1862-1892). Papers on the development of transportation include correspondence of John D. Kernan, Railroad Commissioner (1883-1887); miscellaneous material relating to the Utica & Black River R.R. (1883-1890); Flint & Pere Marquette R.R. Company (1883); Guatemala R.R. (1885); Denver & Rio Grande Railway Company (1886); Gloversville Railroad plan (1889); Utica, Clinton, Binghamton R.R. Company (1901); the proposed improvement of the Erie, Oswego, and Champlain canals (1900); and the plan to build canals on the Chenango and Susquehanna Rivers
(1905). Miscellaneous correspondence relates to the effects of the Embargo (1808-1809); political and military events during the War of 1812 (1812-1815); Democratic party politics (1832-1834), account of draft riots, (1863); and manners and morals during the Civil War. Also, included are genealogical records of the Hyde, Butler, Avery, and Clapp families.