Seymour H. Person Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Correspondent
Alger, Frederick M., (Frederick Moulton), 1876-1933
Person, Seymour Howe, 1879-1957
Creator - Correspondent
Young, Frank L.
Seymour H. Person papers
Date [inclusive]
0.33 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation note

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Biographical Note

Seymour H. Person, a "wet" republican (he was opposed to prohibition), was elected to the United States House of Representatives by the Sixth District of Michigan in 1930. During his term, prohibition was protected by the 18th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution, which Person fought to repeal. In 1932, he was defeated by "dry" Democrat Grant Hudson, whom he had defeated in the previous election. After his term expired, Person intended to organize a new law firm and settle down to the life of a lawyer.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains correspondence between Person and his two close friends and advisors, Frank Young and Colonel Alger. Also included are several articles giving viewpoints on the prohibition issue, and congressional bills, noticeably the Beck-Linthicum Bill (an amendment to the 18th Amendment), also relating to prohibition. One telegram warns Person of the conditions in copper mines in Michigan, hinting at labor-management trouble.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections April 1965

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  December 2000

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use note

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mrs. Seymour H. Person. Transferred by the MSU Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Letters (correspondence)


  • Bills, Legislative
  • Liquor laws
  • Prohibition -- United States

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Collection Inventory



Box Folder


1 1

 January 1-January 16, 1931 

1 2

 January 18-April 21, 1931 

1 3

 April 24-August 27, 1931 

1 4

 September 4-December 30, 1931 

1 5

 January-February 13, 1932 

1 6

 February 14-March 1932 

1 7

 April 2-April 30, 1932 

1 8

 May 2-May 10, 1932 

1 9

 May 11-May 31, 1932 

1 10

 June 1-July 30, 1932 

1 11

 August 1-December 17, 1932 

1 12

 December 20, 1932-February 27, 1933 

1 13


1 14
Box Folder

Prohibition Material 1931-1932, undated 

1 15