Richmond Pearson Collection
|Title||Richmond Pearson Collection|
|Creator||Richmond Pearson Estate|
|Alt. Creator||Southern Highlands Research Center|
|Subject Keyword :||Richmond Pearson ; Buncombe County government ; Asheville, NC ; Populist party ; Republican party ; painting ; case photographs ; architecture ; Gabrielle Thomas Pearson ; James Thomas Pearson ; Marjorie Noel Pearson ; ambassadors ; Persia ; Congress ; Theodore Roosevelt ; General Assembly 1895 ;|
From 1884-1886 Pearson served as a member of the State house of representatives and was elected to the Fifty-fourth and Fifty-fifth Congresses (1895 and 1899) and later served again in the State House. In 1901Pearson was appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as United States counsel to Genoa, Italy and in 1902 as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Persia. In 1907 he served as Minister to Greece and Montenegro. This collection contains personal papers, business items, photographs and original oil paintings belonging to Richmond Pearson. The oil paintings include a portrait of Richmond Pearson and of his son. The collection also contains certificates awarded to Thomas Pearson, including a framed letter dated 1815-07-27 from Joseph Pearson to citizens of Rowan, Randolph, and Chatham County in piedmont North Carolina.
|Publisher||D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804|
|Contributor||Southern Highlands Research Center ; Jeffrey DeCristofaro|
|Date||2002-12-03, 2005-12-19 ; 2011-01-24|
|Type||Collection ; Text ; images|
|Format||One small document box, one realia box, 1 carton, 1 oversized box|
|Relation||E.M. Ball Photographic Collection, D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804 ; Richmond Pearson Papers, #3647 Manuscripts Dept., Library of the Univ. of NC at Chapel Hill, Southern Historical Collection. Richmond M. Pearson Papers #584 Manuscripts Dept., Library of the Univ. of NC at Chapel Hill, Southern Historical Collection|
|Coverage||1852-1923 ; Asheville, NC|
|Rights||Any display, publication, or
public use must credit the D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections,
University of North Carolina at Asheville.
Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendents, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
|Donor||Richmond Pearson Estate|
|Citation||Richmond Pearson Collection , D.H. Ramsey Library, Special Collections, University of North Carolina at Asheville 28804|
|Processed by||Special Collections staff, 1977, 2002, 2013|
|Richmond Pearson was born in
Yadkin County on January 26, 1852. He attended Horner's School in
Oxford, NC and went on to Princeton College where he graduated in 1872.
A student of law, he was admitted to the bar in 1874. His skill at
international diplomacy was recognized early and he was assigned as U.S.
Counsel to Verviers and Liege, Belgium the same year he passed the bar,
1874 and served until 1877. From 1884-1886 he served as a member of the
State house of representatives and was elected to the Fifty-fourth and
Fifty-fifth Congresses (1895 and 1899). During this period he initiated
several legislative acts. Perhaps the most controversial was an act to
eliminate fences in most of the townships. An economic reform, the act
required the owners of sheep, cattle, and other livestock to keep them
"in bounds." General Johnston Jones violently opposed the
legislation and their quarrel is well known in the annals of North
Carolina legislative history. Also, in a much contested battle
during the Fifty-sixth Congress, he defeated William T. Crawford by one
served from May 10, 1900 to March 3, 1901. On December 11, 1901 he was
appointed by President Theodore Roosevelt as United States counsel to
Genoa, Italy and in 1902 as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister
Plenipotentiary to Persia. In 1907 he served as Minister to Greece and
Montenegro. He resigned from all diplomatic service in 1909.
Richmond Pearson married Gabrielle Thomas of Richmond, VA. In 1889 they established their "Richmond Hill" residence in Asheville, N.C.. The Pearson's three children were Richmond Pearson, Jr. (1886-1900), Marjorie Noel Pearson, (1890-1972), and James Thomas Pearson, (1893-1963). Richmond Pearson, Sr. died at "Richmond Hill" on September 12, 1923 and was interred in Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, NC. His wife, Gabrielle, died the following year, 1924 and is also buried in Riverside Cemetery in Asheville, NC.
"Richmond Hill" eventually became a hotel before being destroyed by fire in March 2009. In 2011, digital photographs of the Richmond Hill Inn were donated by Jeffrey DeCristofaro. Mr. DeCristofaro retains the copyright for these images which have been included as a virtual addendum to this collection.
|07||Richmond Hill Inn Photographs|