Calvin Fletcher letter
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- Fletcher, Calvin, 1798-1866 (Person)
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Fletcher was a township overseer of the poor, county prosecuting attorney, attorney for the fifth judicial circuit (1825-1826), and elected as state senator (1826-1833). Fletcher was elected by the Indiana General Assembly as one of the founding directors of the State Bank of Indiana in 1834. An opponent of Jacksonian Democrats, he was a Whig, and later, a Republican by 1855. An abolitionist, Fletcher was a founder of the Indiana Colonization Society in 1829. He also helped establish the Indiana Historical Society in 1830 and was active in many charitable organizations. He also served as a school superintendent for Roberts Chapel, a non-denominational church and school that was originally built in 1847 at Roberts Settlement, one of Indiana's early black pioneer communities.
His wife, Sarah Fletcher died on September 27, 1854. He married again, this time to Keziah Price Lister, on November 4, 1855 in Hall County, Maine. Also in 1855, Fletcher promoted canal and railroad construction and was appointed director and president of the Indianapolis and Bellefontaine Railroads. In 1857, he founded the Indianapolis Branch Banking Company with Thomas Sharpe and acquired banking interests in Madison, Indiana. Fletcher owned more than 400 acres of land in Marion County, Indiana and was very involved in farming and agricultural writing and organizations. Much of Fletcher's property holdings are now known as Fletcher Place Historic Neighborhood District. Additionally, Fletcher was a faithful correspondent and diarist throughout his life. He. died on May 26, 1866 and was buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
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