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William Cumback collection

 Collection — Folder: S0327
Identifier: S0327

Scope and Contents

Eight documents are in the folder. A certificate dated Oct. 2, 1883 is to Will Cumback from the Treasury Department, Fifth Auditor’s Office, and informed him of a final disbursement for July 1883.

Martha Livingston Moodey wrote from Boston on April 5, 1889, in which she enclosed the book Alan Thorn. She wrote this book to counteract the book Robert Elsmere, “with its ex-parti arguments against Christianity.”

Four documents pertain to the reunion of survivors who voted for Nathaniel Prentice Banks during the 34th Congress in 1856. Banks was elected speaker of the House on the 133rd ballot. In 1889, the men made plans for a gathering, and listed the former Congressmen still living, their city, and state.

A two-page poem in Will Cumback’s handwriting (compare with W.C.’s message on 12/26/1900 note) has seven stanzas.

The last document is a note from Alice Lee Thompson, dated Dec. 26, 1900, with a note at the end which is signed with the initials W.C. The hand-written message by Will says: “I wrote to Booth Tarkington but as yet have no reply.”


  • 1883-1900

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

William Cumback was born near Mount Carmel, Franklin County, Indiana on March 24, 1829. He graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and taught school for two years. After studying law at the Cincinnati Law School, Mr. Cumback was admitted to the bar and practiced in Greensburg, Indiana in 1853. He was elected as a Republican to the 34th Congress (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1857), but was not reelected in 1856. During the Civil War, William was appointed paymaster in the Army. He was a State Senator in 1866; Lieutenant Governor of Indiana in 1868; United States revenue collector 1871-1883; and trustee of De Pauw University. He died in Greensburg on July 31, 1905.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005 – accessed 12/5/2013.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Laura A. Cumback on 1951/02/28.


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:

V040: William Cumback diary

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Nikki Stoddard Schofield during December 2013. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/11.
William Cumback collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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