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John B. Gough papers

 Collection — Folder: S530
Identifier: S0530

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an autographed, signed letter from John B. Gough in Worcester, Massachusetts on 1866/08/27 regarding lecture schedules and fees.


  • 1866/08/27


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

John Bartholomew Gough was born in England on August 22, 1817. He emigrated to the United States when he was twelve and learned bookbinding. He spent seven years living recklessly, which included the abuse of alcohol. He married Mary Elizabeth Whitcomb, his second wife, in Worcester, Massachusetts on November 24, 1843. He had one child, Herbert. He took the temperance pledge and delivered many lectures between 1843 and 1869 on the evils of drink; he was also a popular lecturer on other subjects. He published an autobiography in 1846 and several books thereafter. He died suddenly in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 18, 1886 and is buried in Hope Cemetery, Worcester, Massachusetts.

"Gough, John B.". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/01/14.

"Gough, John B." (1882-1900). In Dictionary of National Biography. London, England: Oxford University Press (v. 8, pp. 278-9). Print. DA28 D45

"Gough, John B." Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/01/14.

"Gough, John B.". Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988. Retrieved 2015/01/14.

"Gough, Mary Elizabeth Whitcomb." Find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/01/14.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer from the Reference Division.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/01/14 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/01/14 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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