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David W. Henry collection

Identifier: L067

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letterbook with family and business correspondence for the years 1898 to 1900 from David W. Henry. The letters are not arranged chronologically in the book. There are also two lectures/articles written by Henry.

Some of the correspondents are George M. Allen, W. T. Durbin, Charles W. Fairbanks, David N. Foster, J. Frank Hanly, and J. A. Hemenway.


  • 1898-1925, bulk 1898-1900


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

David William Henry was born on October 10, 1852, in Achor, Columbiana County, Ohio, to Jacob and Elvira Rowles Henry. His wife was Virginia Thompson, daughter of Richard Wigginton Thompson who was Secretary of the Navy under President Hayes. They had two children, Harriet and Richard.

Henry taught school sporadically until entering the Central Law School (Indianapolis). He graduated in 1881 and settled in Terre Haute where he began practicing law at the law office of Davis & Davis. He served as the prosecuting attorney for the 43rd Judicial Circuit from 1884 to 1888, after which he returned to general practice. Henry also served as judge of the Vigo County Superior Court from 1894 to 1897. After leaving the bench, he was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue. He was active in Republican politics throughout his career. Henry retired due to illness four years before his death on June 7, 1929.


Cumback, Will and J. B. Maynard, eds. Men of Progress. Indiana: A Selected List of Biographical Sketches and Portraits of the Leaders in Business, Professional and Official Life. Indianapolis: The Indianapolis Sentinel Company, 1899.

Indiana Biography Series. Vol. 4, p. 18, 82. Indiana State Library


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Paul Angle on 1932/09/12.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Christina Baich during January 2006. EAD finding aid created by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/04/05.
David W. Henry collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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