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Samuel Hall letters

 Collection — Folder: S573
Identifier: S0573

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters written by Samuel Hall to his son, Horace Ames Hall while he was attending school in Collinsville, Connecticut, ranging from 1860 to 1862. There is also one letter to Horace from his older sister.


  • 1860-1862


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

Samuel Hall was born on June 1, 1797, in Somerset County, Maryland, to John A. and Elizabeth (Ward) Hall. In 1805, his family moved to Kentucky. In 1814, Samuel moved to Gibson County, Indiana. He studied law in his spare time and, in 1820, was admitted to the bar and opened a practice. On June 26, 1821, he married Elizabeth Prince, daughter of William Prince. In 1823, he was admitted to practice in the Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court.

Hall belonged to the Whig party. He was a member of the Indiana House of Representatives from 1829 to 1831 and again from 1845 to 1846. During his second term, he served as chairman of the judiciary committee. From 1832 to 1835, he was president judge of the 4th circuit. He then became a member of the State Board of Internal Improvements (1836-1837). Hall served as Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor from 1840 to 1843 under Governor Samuel Bigger. His wife, Elizabeth, died on June 3, 1843.

On January 10, 1844, he married Sophia Augusta Ames with whom he had several children, including Horace Ames Hall. Hall was a delegate to the 1850 Indiana Constitutional Convention. In 1854, he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives, but was defeated. Hall was also a founder of the Princeton (Ind.) Female Academy (1838) and a member of the Indiana University Board of Visitors (1826-1827). He died on May 11, 1862.

Sources: Accessed April 20, 2006.

Livingston, John. Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Americans, Now Living. New York: 1870.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Vol. 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.


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 donation from WIlliam Bailey on 1975/09/09.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/06 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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