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Collection Reference Number GLC00687.009
From Archive Folder Papers of George May Powell 
Title George May Powell to Emma C. Small about his religious beliefs, his inventions and hospital work and taxes
Date 1 February 1864
Author Powell, George May (1835-1905)  
Recipient Small, Emma C.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description re: He expresses his belief in prayer, particularly that the will of God may happen. He has not received remuneration for his inventions, but has not lost hope that they will be found valuable in the future. His work with the hospitals, Young Men's Christian Association, and the Union League, as well as the comparison of excise taxes, keep him occupied.
Subjects Women's History  Hospital  Religion  Invention  Taxes or Taxation  Inventor  Union Forces  Civil War  Military History  Government and Civics  
People Powell, George May (1835-1905)  Small, Emma C. (fl. 1860-1868)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme The American Civil War; Women in American History; Government & Politics; Banking & Economics; Science, Technology, Invention; Religion; Health & Medicine
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Powell was a Lincoln supporter and served as a statistician in the Treasury Department during the Civil War. He was an inventer, social reformer, evangelical, entrepreneur, pacifist, and archaeologist. His philosophy and life combined social Christianity and capitalist enterprise. The Republican Party in the 1864 election used Powell's 1863 article, favorably comparing American wartime excise taxes with those of other countries at peace. His photographic montage of supporters of the Thirteenth Amendment (included in this collection) was very popular. Active in religious work as a young man, he was the secretary and manager of the Evangelistic Press Association and led a topographical corps through Egypt and North Africa to create Sunday School maps of Palestine and the Holy Land. He invented many devices both during and after the Civil War, and pursued economic ventures in enterprises such as the Cordell Life Limb company, providing prosthetics for Civil War veterans. After the war he founded the Evangelical Press Association in 1868, led the Oriental Topographical Corps in an archaeological expedition to Egypt and Palestine in 1873 (publishing colored maps and lecturing widely after his return), and ran unsuccessfully for Congress on the Prohibition Ticket. He worked to promote fireproof structures and participated in the American Forestry Commission, the Grange and Patrons of Husbandry, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and the National Geographic Society. He was active in Sabbath reform work.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945