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John C. Calhoun: A Resource Guide

John C. Calhoun (1782-1850) was a senator, representative, secretary of war, secretary of state, and vice president. This guide compiles digital materials at the Library of Congress, external websites, and a selected print bibliography.


The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material associated with John C. Calhoun. Born near Calhoun Mills, South Carolina, on March 18, 1782, Calhoun was a leading political figure in the first half of the nineteenth century. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1811-17) and the U.S. Senate (1832-43, 1845-50). He also served as the secretary of war (1817-25) in the James Monroe administration and as secretary of state (1844-45) in the John Tyler administration. Calhoun was elected vice president of the United States under President John Quincy Adams (1825-29), and again under President Andrew Jackson (1829-32).

This resource guide compiles links to digital materials related to Calhoun such as manuscripts, letters, broadsides, government documents, newspaper articles, and images that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Calhoun and a bibliography containing selected works for both a general audience and younger readers.