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Daniel W. Grubbs papers

 Collection — Folder: S554
Identifier: S0554

Scope and Contents

This collection includes commercially printed, autographed and signed documents from the federal government, a client and a newspaper in Washington, D.C.; Marion County, Indiana; and Milwaukee, Wisconsin ranging from 1857 to 1883 regarding land grants, land purchases, power of attorney and a speech regarding taxation and liquor.


  • 1857-1883

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

Daniel Webster Grubbs was born on May 19, 1835 in Henry County, Indiana to Rebecca Grubbs. He was the younger of two children. He worked at the New Castle Courier, then moved to Indianapolis in 1857, where he read law and was admitted to the bar. He served in the Civil War as a private, enlisting in Company B, Indiana 132nd Infantry Regiment on May 18, 1864. He was mustered out on September 7, 1864. He married Maltilda [Mathilde] Miller in 1866, with whom he had three children and who had been born in Mexico.

He organized ad served as secretary of two insurance companies. He was elected alderman in 1878, then resigned in 1881 to campaign for mayor. Winning the election, he served from May 12, 1881 to January 1, 1884. He supported Sunday closing laws (Blue Laws) but thought the police should have a better strategy for eliminating houses of prostitution than raids. He moved to Parral, Mexico after serving one term as mayor, to manage the mining and banking interests of Matilda's family. He retired in 1903 and moved back to the United States. He died on February 5, 1917 in Harrodsburg, Kentucky and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indiana.

"Grubbs, Daniel". 1880 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/0/26.

"Grubbs, Daniel W.". U.S., Civil War Soldier Reports and Profiles, 1861-1865. Retrieved 2015/0/26.

"Grubbs. Daniel Webster". find a Grave Memorial. Retrieved 2015/0/26.

"Grubbs, Mathilda M.". 1900 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/0/26.

"Grubbs, Mathilde Miller.". Kentucky, Death Records, 1853-1953. Retrieved 2015/0/26.

"Grubbs, Webster". 1850 United States Federal Census. Retrieved 2015/0/26.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/01/26 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2015/01/26 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.