Mary Semans telegram
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of a Western Union telegram sent by Mary Semans on August 3, 1959 to Frank Kenan, care of County Commissioners Office in Durham, North Carolina, instructing Kenan to go "on record" that the commissioner's office did not want passenger trains discontinued on the Southern Railway. Also included is the telegram's envelope with note written by Kenan.
- Semans, Mary Duke Biddle Trent (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans was the great granddaughter of tobacco manufacturer Washington Duke and benefactor of multiple organizations. Semans was elected in 1951 as one of the first two women to serve on Durham's city council, and served as mayor pro tempore from 1953 to 1955. Subsequent to the August 1959 telegram, a February 3, 1961 ruling by the North Carolina Supreme Court in State v. Southern Railway Company, 118 S.E.2d 21 (N.C. 1961) affirmed a lower court's ruling against the Southern Railway Company. Semans was named in the court case as part of the group headed by the North Carolina Utilities Commission opposed to the Southern Railway Company's petition for stopping all service on the Greensboro-Goldsboro line.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Durham (N.C.) -- History Subject Source: Local sources
- Durham County (N.C.) -- Politics and government Subject Source: Local sources
- Durham and Southern Railway Company
- Kenan, Frank H. (Frank Hawkins)
- Railroads -- United States -- Passenger traffic Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Semans, Mary Duke Biddle Trent
- Finding Aid for the Mary Semans Telegram
- Various processors.
- October 24, 2018
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- Edition statement
- Various processors. Updated by Amy McDonald, 2012; Beth Morris Weiss, 2019.
Part of the North Carolina Collection Archives Repository
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