Spiers, John Richard (1842-1914) Scrapbook, 1887-1904 

Held by The Filson Historical Society 

Creator:  Spiers, John Richard, 1842-1914 

Title:  Scrapbook, 1887-1904 

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Collections Department. 

Size of Collection:  1 volume 

Location Number:  Mss. SB S855 

Scope and Content Note 

John R. Spiers, a resident of Lexington and Frankfort, Ky., was a Union veteran of the Civil War who was instrumental in establishing a number of Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) posts in central Kentucky in the late 1880s.  His scrapbook includes correspondence and newspaper clippings concerning these efforts and his duties as commander of G.A.R. Post 54 in Lexington.  Spiers also served as a military pension agent and several printed advertisements related to pension claims agents are included.  The collection also reflects his interest in late 19th century poetry, particularly with military and patriotic themes and the works of Ella Wheeler Wilcox.  There are several newspaper clippings, mostly undated, concerning local and national political issues such as elections and African American voting rights.  

Biographical Note 

John R. Spiers was born 6 October 1842 in Newcastle, Henry County, Ky. His parents were John W. and Elgiva B. Spiers.  During the Civil War, he served as a private in Companies C & F, 2nd Kentucky Cavalry regt. (U.S.).  In 1875 he married Georgia Wright.  They had two children, Evan Bryan, born 1876, and Lillian May, born 1883. The family lived in Lexington, Ky. for several years, during which he served as a military pension claims agent.  He also became active in Grand Army of the Republic affairs, helping to establish a number of G.A.R. posts in Lexington and Winchester, Ky.  One of these was Charles Sumner Post No. 61, for African American veterans. He also served as commander of E. L. Dudley Post No. 54 in Lexington.  He and his wife later moved to Frankfort, Ky., where he died 2 June 1914.