William Steele Holman papers
Scope and Contents
Materials include correspondence from constituents, telegrams, election results, family letters, newspaper clippings, a correspondence journal, an account book, and a volume of mailing lists. Correspondence and papers make up the bulk of the collection.
Other topics discussed include the U.S. Mint (1876), floods in Aurora (1885), government appointments, Dearborn County politics, the Chicago World’s Fair (1893), and related family topics. Among the papers is a copy of the 1876 constitution of the Dearborn County Historical Society.
Correspondents include William Anderson, Henry Beeny, John Beggs, Lily Brink, W. W. Browing, D. K. Bruce, Charles W. Burckhardt, J. H. Burkam, Bart Burke, C. R. Camphill, John Francis Cheek, S. K. Cofield, William Cunningham, S. Davis, James Donahoe, William Dunlap, C. Fisk, E. H. Green, J. V. Hayden, Benjamin Headley, William R. Henderson, David Henry, S. K. Holman, William Steele Holman, Smith Jones, A. J. Lashley, T. W. Lawrence, J. F. Lindsay, August Marmer, A. H. Merkel, Edward Nudd, W. T. Pate, James Roberts, Lida Rousseau, J. H. Shadday, Thomas Sherlock, Richard Smith, S. Stansifer, George W. Steinmetz, Dr. S. S. Stewart, Christian Tolley, Emilie M. Unger, Thomas S. Vawter, William G. Williams, and George H. Ziegler. The majority of these writers have only one item in the collection.
- Holman, William Steele, 1822-1897 (Person)
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William Steele Holman had his own successful career in both law and politics. He was admitted to the Dearborn County bar in 1843 and was elected probate judge (1843-1846). He then served a two-year term as prosecuting attorney (1847-1849). From 1852 to 1856, Holman served as Judge for the Court of Common Pleas.
William Steele Holman’s involvement in Democratic politics began when he was chosen as a member of the State constitutional convention in 1850. He was then elected to the State House of Representatives in 1851 and 1852. Holman served as a U.S. Representative from 1859 to 1865, 1867 to 1877, 1881 to 1895, and 1897, taking part in 16 Congresses. He both chaired and served on a number of committees during his tenure as a Representative. Holman died on April 22, 1897, in Washington, D.C., a little over a month after his last election. He is buried in Veraestau Cemetery in Aurora.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. 23 Sept. 2005 .
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