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Ira J. Chase collection

 Collection — Folder: S0069
Identifier: S0069

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an invitation to the October 11-13, 1892 ceremonies of the dedication of the buildings of the World's Columbian Exposition and a letter and certified copy of a resolution offered by the Board of Lady Managers of the World's Columbian Commission thanking Governor Chase for the escort of members of the board to the exposition grounds by his military aide dated October 26, 1892. Other items from the exposition include a souvenir cablegram by the Commercial Cable Company with envelope and a copy of the cable alphabet (circa 1893).

This collection also contains four letters from 1894 that were sent to Ira Chase from the Ohio Republican State Executive Committee; Charles Henry Grosvenor, a U.S. representative from Ohio; the Republican State Committee of Indiana, and newly-elected U.S. congressman, James E. Watson, regarding the Republican speaking campaign and the fall election victories. A May 16, 1895 condolence letter sent to Mrs. Ira J. Chase by Mary Dresser of Lafayette, Indiana and a June 8, 1941 Muncie Star article written by Chase's son-in-law, Horace G. Murphy, are included as well.


  • 1882-1895, 1941


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

Ira Joy Chase was the 22nd governor of Indiana. Born in Monroe County, New York on December 7, 1834, he served in the 19th Illinois Regiment during the Civil War and was discharged after a year due to ill health. The Christian ministry brought him to Indiana in 1867 and Chase served as pastor for several churches in the state. In 1886, he was appointed chaplain of the Indiana Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.). Chase was elected as lieutenant -governor of Indiana in 1888 and assumed the governorship in November, 1891 when Governor Alvin Hovey passed away. He lost the gubernatorial election of 1892 and left office on January 9, 1893. Governor Chase married Rhoda J. Castle (1833-1926) and they had four children. He passed away on May 11, 1895.


"Indiana Governor Ira Joy Chase (1834-1895)." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed August 26, 2016.

"Ira Joy Chase." National Governors Association. Accessed August 26, 2016.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Horace G. Murphy on 1933/09/22 and 1941/05/26.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

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

V033: Ira J. Chase diary, 1882-1894

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/01 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.