McGuire Wood Family Papers

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McGuire-Wood family papers
Creator: McGuire, Horace, 1842-
Call Number: D.210
Dates: 1863-1928
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Related Materials
Content List
Series I: Horace McGuire
Subseries I: Correspondence
Subseries II: Manuscripts and other material
Series II: Wood family
Subseries I: Correspondence
Collection Overview
Title: McGuire-Wood family papers
Creator: McGuire, Horace, 1842-
Call Number: D.210
Dates: 1863-1928
Physical Description: 2 boxes
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Horace McGuire (1842-1914), a prominent Rochester attorney, was born in Syracuse, New York. In 1850 his father left for California in search of gold, where he died. As a result, McGuire received rudimentary schooling before his was apprenticed to a print shop in Syracuse. The family migrated through upstate New York and eventually settled in Rochester in 1857. Here McGuire was able to attend school, and graduated from East High School in 1862. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of Rochester, but did not attend because of his service in the Union army during the Civil War and in the post-war federal occupation of Louisiana. In 1881 the University awarded an honorary bachelor's degree to McGuire (see Box 1, folder 6).

When McGuire returned from his service in the army he took up employment as a typesetter for the Rochester Express. He later became deputy county clerk in the Monroe County Clerk's office where he developed an interest in the law, which he studied in the office of James Conklin. McGuire was admitted to the bar in 1876. The next year he opened a law office with Walter S. Hubbell. His partnership with Hubbell lasted until 1898 when he formed a new partnership with his son-in-law Hiram R. Wood. McGuire was appointed Deputy Attorney General of New York in 1905, a position he held for two years.

On September 24, 1866, Horace McGuire married Alice Elizabeth Kingsbury (d.1906). They had two daughters, Grace (1867-1882) and Alice May (b.1872). In 1896 May married Hiram R. Wood. Their children were Horace, Remsen, Sally and Alice.

A fuller account of Horace McGuire's life can be found in his autobiography (folder 14), which he wrote in 1912. In the autobiography he records his eyewitness account of two famous incidents: the rescue of a fugitive slave from jail in Syracuse in 1851 (the "Jerry Rescue") and a meeting between John Brown and Frederick Douglass just before Brown undertook his raid on the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia in 1859. At the time McGuire was a typesetter at the offices of Frederick Douglass' Paper.

Scope and Content
The collection includes other items of historical interest, including the diary Horace McGuire kept during the Civil War and his war time correspondence with his mentor William Alling and his fiancee Alice E. Kingsbury. McGuire entered the army as a sergeant in the 18th New York Battery, a unit formed to test the new Billinghurst Gun. He participated in federal campaigns in Louisiana and was a member of the garrison of Baton Rouge in 1862-1863. In 1864, McGuire was promoted to first lieutenant and transferred to the Corps d'Afrique (later 7th U.S. Colored Artillery) and became actively involved in recruiting blacks from the Baton Rouge vicinity into the Union forces. He was commissioned as a captain, and by act of Congress in 1866 was given the rank of brevet-major.

Among the other items to be found in the collection are a bound account of the McGuire's trip to Britain and Europe in 1895; letters written by May McGuire Wood from Florida to her husband Hiram in Rochester during the winter of 1903; letters to May McGuire Wood written by her son Horace during an automobile trip to Florida in 1927; letters to May Wood from her daughter Sally Wood (later Sally Wood Kohn) written from France in 1927.

Subject(s):
American Civil War (1861-1865)
Autobiographies
Correspondence
Diaries
McGuire, Horace, 1842-
McGuire, Alice Kingsbury, -1906
Alling, William, 1811-1890
Wood, May McGuire, 1872-
Wood, Hiram R.
Lawyers
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was given to the Library by Alice Wood Wynd (granddaughter of Horace McGuire and daughter of Hiram and May Wood) on May 11, 1987. Mrs. Wynd donated Horace McGuire's diary on October 10, 1988.Access
The McGuire-Wood family papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], McGuire-Wood family papers, D.210, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of RochesterRelated Materials
Additional resources:

Horace McGuire's 1912 Autobiography has been transcribed and annotated by Richard W. Kaeuper and is available here, along with an introduction to the Autobiography by Professor Kaueper.

Sally Wood Kohn Papers .


Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Address:
Rush Rhees Library
Second Floor, Room 225
Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Series I: Horace McGuire
Subseries I: Correspondence
Box 1, Folder 1HM to William Alling, September 1, 1863
Box 1, Folder 2HM to Alice E. Kingsbury and typescript, September 25, 1865
Box 1, Folder 3HM to Alice E. Kingsbury, January 5, 1866-March 14, 1866
Box 1, Folder 4HM to Alice E. Kingsbury, March 21, 1866-May 14, 1866
Box 1, Folder 5Typescript of letters from HM to Alice E. Kingsbury
Box 1, Folder 6Martin Brewer Anderson to HM, July 1, 1881
Subseries II: Manuscripts and other material
Box 1, Folder 7Civil War diary, August 31, 1863-August 5, 1864
Box 1, Folder 8Writings by HM
Box 1, Folder 9Account of a European trip taken by the McGuire family, 1895
Box 1, Folder 10Proceedings of a birthday luncheon given in honor of HM by Hiram R. Wood, December 20, 1912
Box 1, Folder 11Autobiography (manuscript)
Box 1, Folder 12Autobiography (typescript)
Box 1, Folder 13Biographical material
Box 1, Folder 14Obituaries
Box 1, Folder 15Photographs of James and William McGuire (HM's brothers)
Series II: Wood family
Subseries I: Correspondence
Box 2, Folder 1May Wood to Hiram R. Wood, January 8, 1903-February 11, 1903
Box 2, Folder 2May Wood to Hiram R. Wood, February 12, 1903-March 2, 1903
Box 2, Folder 3May Wood to Hiram R. Wood, March 4, 1903-March 22, 1903
Box 2, Folder 4May Wood to Hiram R. Wood, March 24, 1903-March 31, 1903
Box 2, Folder 5Hiram R. Wood to May Wood, November 3, 1927-November 26, 1927
Box 2, Folder 6Horace Wood to May Wood, November 3, 1927-November 26, 1927
Box 2, Folder 7Horace Wood to May Wood, December 8, 1927-January 10, 1928
Box 2, Folder 8Remsen and Anna Van Houten Wood to May Wood, September 13, 1927-December 19, 1927
Box 2, Folder 9Sally Wood to May Wood, August 29, 1927-December 14, 1927


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