Calvin Fletcher papers
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- Fletcher, Calvin 1798-1866 (Person)
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Calvin was a township overseer of the poor, county prosecuting attorney, attorney for the fifth judicial circuit (1825-1826), and elected as state senator from 1826-1833. He was an opponent of Jacksonian Democrats, later a Whig, became anti - slavery and was a Republican by 1855. He was elected by the General Assembly as one of the founding directors of the State Bank of Indiana in 1834. In 1857 he founded the Indianapolis Branch Banking Company with Thomas Sharpe and acquired banking interests in Madison, IN. He promoted canal and railroad construction and was appointed director and president of the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroads in 1855. He married Keziah Price Lister Nov. 4, 1855 in Hall County, Maine.
He was a founder of the Indiana Colonization Society in 1829 and the Indiana Historical Society in 1830. He was also active in many charitable organizations, church and educational activities, including serving as a school superintendent for Roberts Chapel. He owned more than 400 acres of land in Marion County and became very involved in farming and agricultural writing and organizations. Much of that land is now known as Fletcher Place Historic Neighborhood District, including Fletcher Place United Methodist Church, now used as condominiums.
He wrote extensive correspondence and kept a diary for most of his life. He died May 26, 1866 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis, Indiana. Mayor Bart Peterson declared February 4, 2003 (Fletcher's 205th birthday) as Calvin Fletcher/Fletcher Place Neighborhood Day in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"Fletcher, Calvin". (1980). In A biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly . (v.1, pp. 128-129). Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Bureau. Print. ISLI 920 B15G
"Fletcher, Calvin". Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2014/12/22. http://www.findagrave.com
"Fletcher, Calvin". Fletcher Place. Retrieved 2014/12/22. http://www.fletcherplace.org
"Fletcher, Calvin". Maine Marriages in 1875. Retrieved 2014/12/22. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
"Fletcher, Calvin". U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970. Retrieved 2014/12/22. http://search.ancestrylibrary.com
"Vanderstel, Sheryl D.". (1994). Fletcher, Calvin. In The Encyclopedia of Indianapolis. (pp. 577-579). Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press. Print. ISLI 977.201 M341Ien
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