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Lucius C. Embree papers

Identifier: L052

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of business, political, and personal papers of Elisha, James T., David F., and Lucius Embree ranging from 1800 to 1930. Elisha Embree's papers include receipts, accounts, land indentures, and other financial papers relating to his land and business interests; correspondence regarding his legal business in Princeton, Evansville, and other southwestern Indiana towns, including retained copies of Embree's letters and correspondence of his partners Samuel Hall and Charles Phillips; his correspondence regarding Whig and Republican politics in Indiana (1833-1863); his correspondence regarding politics and constituent problems during his term in the U.S. Congress (1847-1849); personal correspondence from family including his father-in-law, David Robb; account books for his legal and personal business; notebooks recording letters sent and other business done while serving in Congress; his speeches on the state legislature (1835), temperance (1842); various issues before Congress; papers relating to the Gibson County Seminary (1826-1830); and his estate inventory (1863).

James T. Embree's papers includes letters he wrote to his father while he was a student at Indiana Asbury University, now DePauw University (1847-1850); his graduation address from Indiana Asbury (1850); correspondence and financial papers relating to his business interests in southwestern Indiana; a correspondence book containing copies of his legal correspondence (1857-1861); his Civil War letters to his wife, written from Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi (1862-1863); reports on the 58th Indiana Regiment's casualties at Murfreesboro (1862) and the 58th's actions at Chickamauga (1863); correspondence written by officers of the 58th Regiment appealing the death sentence of Private Richard Hembree for desertion and the note of pardon by President Abraham Lincoln on July 18, 1863.

David F. Embree's papers include muster rolls, ordinance receipts, and appointment certificates from his service with Company E, 42nd Regiment Indiana Volunteers Civil War (1863-1864). Also included are receipts, land indentures, legal papers, and personal letters.

Lucius C. Embree's papers include correspondence regarding his legal practice in Princeton and southwestern Indiana, with numerous cases involving railroad property in Gibson County (1877-1926); correspondence regarding state and local Republican Party politics, including letters regarding Embree's attempts to secure a federal appointment (1881-1926); correspondence regarding Gibson County history and the Southwestern Indiana Historical Society (1920-1928); reports and papers regarding his work on the Pueblo Lands Board (1926-1928); his commonplace books containing notes on legal cases (1878, 1883); his Master Commissioner's Docket book of the Gibson Circuit Court (1881-1905); photographs of Eleanor Robb Embree (ca. 1894) and Lucius Embree (ca. 1916); and genealogical material on the Embree and Robb families.

There is also an oversize folder with diplomas for the Embree family, 1852-1873 (OBC218).

Correspondents included in collection:

Thomas H. Adams, Conrad Baker, Charles I. Battell, Albert J. Beveridge, James Bingham, Isaac Blackford, William C. Bobbs, J.W. Boehne, Emmett F. Branch, Joseph R. Burton, John C. Chaney, James W. Cockrum, Calvin Coolidge, George W. Crawford, Edgar D. Crumpacker, W.H. Cullop, Harry M. Daugherty, John D. Defrees, Charles Denby, George K. Denton, Henry S. Dodge, Charles T. Doxey, Thomas Dowling, Winfield T. Durbin, Byron K. Elliott, William H. English, Jesse E. Eschbach, Charles W. Fairbanks, George W. Faris, Simeon D. Fess, John H. Foster, Hohn Watson Foster.

Newton W. Gilbert, James P. Goodrich, Horace Greeley, Walter Q. Gresham, A.J. Halford, J. Frank Hanley, Benjamin Harrison, Will H. Hays, William Heilman, Guy T. Helvering, James A. Hemenway, L.W. Henley, Alvin P. Hovey, Henry Hurst, John E. Iglehart, James H. Jordan, Samuel Judah, John W. Kern, Henry S. Lane, John Law, Charles Lieb, Abraham Lincoln, James Lockhart, Oscar R. Luhring, Claude Matthews, Charles W. Miller, Leander Monks, Merrill Moores, Austin W. Morris.

Harry S. New, Noah Noble, Robert Owen, Robert Dale Owen, William Owen, William Prince, Samuel Ralston, Woodfin D. Robinson, Eugene Rush, Benjamin F. Shively, Caleb B. Smith, Truman Smith, Lyman Stickney, Elihu Stout, Richard W. Thompson, W.H. Trippett, William A. Twigg, James E. Watson, John Sharp Williams, Albert W. Wishard, Jospeh A. Wright, Bennett H. Young.


  • 1800-1972


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Lucius C. Embree was born on September 8, 1853 in Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana to James T.(1826-1867) and Mary (Landis) Embree (1834-1863). James was the son of Elisha (1801-1863) and Eleanor Robb Embree (1803-1894). Eleanor was the daughter of David B. Robb (1771-1844), a pioneer of Gibson County and a member of the Indiana Constitutional Convention. Lucius married Luella Casey (1856-1932) on December 27, 1880 and they had four children: James C. (1881-1940), Morton C. (1883-1947), Louise (1887-1972), and Clotilde (1893-1991). He died on May 18, 1932.

Lucius Embree was an attorney in Princeton, Indiana from 1877 to 1932 and was active in state and local Republican politics. He unsuccessfully ran for the Indiana Supreme Court in 1914, but later served on the Pueblo Lands Board at Santa Fe, New Mexico working on Indian land claims (1926-1928). He also served as vice-president of the Southwest Indiana Historical Society in the 1920's. His father, James T. Embree, was a Princeton lawyer and an officer in the 58th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War, mustering out with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel on October 20, 1863. His uncle, David F. Embree (1838-1877), served in Company E of the 42nd Indiana Regiment during the Civil War, obtaining the rank of Captain before resigning on April 17, 1864. David began practicing law with his brother, James, in 1865. Lucius' grandfather, Elisha Embree, was born on September 28, 1801 in Lincoln County, Kentucky to Joshua and Elizabeth Embree. He was a Gibson County lawyer and farmer, a Whig member of the Indiana State Senate (1833-1835), a judge of the 4th Judicial Circuit Court of Indiana (1835-1845), and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1847-1849). Moving to Indiana in 1811, the Embrees were one of the pioneering families of Gibson County.


"Death Summons Lucius C. Embree." Princeton Clarion-News, May 19, 1932, 1.

"Embree, Elisha (1801-1863)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed January 30, 2016. "David F. Embree." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed February 3, 2016. "Lucius Comwell Embree." Find a Grave Memroial. Accessed January 30, 2016.

Monks, Leander J., Logan Esarey, and Ernest V. Shockley, eds. Courts and Lawyers of Indiana, vol. 3. Indianapolis: Federal Publishing Company, 1916.

Stormont, Gil R. History of Gibson County, Indiana: Her Peoples, Industries, and Institutions. Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen and Company, 1914.


9.66 Cubic Feet (27 manuscript boxes, 1 large oversize manuscript box, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Embree family documents, 1800-1972

Subseries 1.1: Elisha Embree documents, 1800-1883 Subseries 1.2: Elisha Embree and James T. Embree documents, 1855-1862 Subseries 1.3: James T. Embree and David F. Embree documents, 1863-1868 Subseries 1.4: Lucius C. Embree documents, 1878-1929 Subseries 1.5: Lucius C. Embree and Willis P. Howe documents, 1889-1902 Subseries 1.6: Embree family documents, 1808-1972

Series 2: Lucius C. Embree legal papers, 1877-1930

Subseries 2.1: Lucius C. Embree legal correspondence, 1890-1930 Subseries 2.2: Lucius C. Embree legal papers, 1877-1929

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Louise Embree on 1932/05/18, 1932/06/30, 1932/08/08, 1933/02/08, 1933/04/13, 1933/08/08, 1933/12/18, 1940/09/17, and 1940/10/03; Clotilde Embree Funk on 1932/06/20; A. Romerhaus on 1950/08/17.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBC218: Embree family diplomas

Broadside M: Princeton High School diploma

S1121: David Barr Robb collection

Processing Information

Collection reprocessing completed 2016/02/05 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/05 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/22/by Lauren Patton.
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