Charles Tallmadge Conover papers, 1889-1956  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Conover, Charles Tallmadge, 1862-1961
Charles Tallmadge Conover papers
1889-1956 (inclusive)
.42 linear feet (1 box)
Collection Number
1052 (Accession No. 1052-001)
Businessman, newspaper columnist
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Businessman and newspaper columnist, Charles Tallmadge Conover (1862-1961), was born in Esperance, New York, on August 7, 1862, the son of Abram and Harriet M. (Tallmadge) Conover. After working as a journalist in New York State for two years, Conover moved to British Columbia. He then worked briefly for the Tacoma Ledger (1887-1888) and even more briefly as the city editor for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. In 1888, he formed Crawford & Connor with another P-I reporter, Samuel L. Crawford. Crawford & Conover were real estate and financial brokers, and after a slow start, became quite successful. In 1891, Conover married Mary Louise Burns. They had one child, Tallmadge. After Mary Louise Burns' death in 1914, Conover married his second wife, Idelle M. Conkling, in 1931. Crawford & Conover were responsible for a national campaign, advertising Seattle and Washington State, and Conover is credited with coining "The Evergreen State" as Washington's nickname. He also advocated for the name Mount Rainier in 1917 before the United States Geographic Board, and actively campaigned for the continued use of the name Mt. Rainier in 1924 when a resolution was put before Congress to change the name to Mt. Tacoma. After retiring from real estate in 1941, Conover returned to writing, penning a column, "Just Cogitating" for the Seattle Times. Conover also authored several books, including Mirrors of Seattle (1923) and a biography of Judge Thomas Burke. He was a member of the Rainier Club, the Holland Society, the Sons of the American Revolution, and was active in the foundation of the Seattle Humane Society. Conover died in August, 1961.

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The Charles Tallmadge Conover papers are comprised mainly of correspondence, speeches and writings relating, in part, to the Rainier Club, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Northwest history, Mount Rainier, and the firm of Crawford and Conover. Folder 1 contains a list of Conover's letters. Folders 2-18 contain incoming correspondence, organized alphabetically. Folders 19-27 consist of outgoing correspondence, organized chronologically. Folders 28-31 contain speechese and writings. Folders 29-37 contain copies of the Rainier Club Library News (1936-1952). Folder 38 contains Crawford and Conover contracts of 1889. Conover's writings include short typescript pieces on Seattle, local history, and golf. Correspondents include Thomas Burke, William F. Devin, Ella Higginson, Trevor Kincaid, George Kinnear, John F. Miller, C. Hart Merrimam, John F. Miller, William Hickman Moore, Stephen B. Penrose, Harold Pulsifer, John J. Underwood. Among the unidentified letters are two letters signed Margaret, which appear to have been written by Conover's housekeeper Margaret Anderson. Also included are several issues of the Rainier Club Library News, a short newsletter issued by Conover for the Rainier Club.

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Historians--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Journalists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Archives
  • Real estate developers--Washington (State)-- Seattle--Archives
  • Personal Names :
  • Burke, Thomas, 1849-1925--Correspondence
  • Conover, Charles Tallmadge, 1862-1961--Archives
  • Devin, William F. (William Franklin), 1898---Correspondence
  • Higginson, Ella, 1862-1940--Correspondence
  • Kincaid, Trevor, 1872-1970--Correspondence
  • Kinnear, George, 1836-1912--Correspondence
  • Merriam, C. Hart (Clinton Hart), 1855-1942--Correspondence
  • Miller, John Franklin, 1862-1936--Correspondence
  • Moore, William Hickman, 1861---Correspondence
  • Penrose, Stephen Beasley Linnard, 1864-1947--Correspondence
  • Pulsifer, Harold Trowbridge, 1886-1948--Correspondence
  • Underwood, John J. (John Jasper), 1871---Correspondence
  • Corporate Names :
  • Crawford & Conover Inc. (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Rainier Club (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Seattle Chamber of Commerce
  • Geographical Names :
  • Northwest, Pacific--History
  • Rainier, Mount (Wash.)
  • Seattle (Wash.)--History
  • Seattle (Wash.)--History, Local
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Social life and customs
  • Washington (State)--History
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Contracts
  • Correspondence
  • Speeches, addresses, etc
  • Typescripts
  • Writings

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)