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J. Frank Hanly papers

 Collection — Folder: S0583
Identifier: S0583

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two copies of a June 8, 1906 decision by the U.S. Treasury Department regarding the appeal filed by the State of Indiana to obtain back pay for the 161st Regiment Indiana Volunteers and two African American companies that served during the Spanish-American War. Additionally, there is a final report by attorney Albert W. Wishard and a June 12, 1906 document verifying that $11,674.61 was received by Wishard from Governor J. Frank Hanly for his legal services and expenses. The collection also includes two copies of a small broadsheet (ca. 1888) issued to debunk Republican campaign claims that General Benjamin Harrison took up the striker's cause during the Great Railroad Strike of 1877.


  • 1888-1906


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

James Franklin (J. Frank) Hanly was born on April 4, 1863 in Champaign County, Illinois to Elijah and Ann Hanly. He was admitted to the bar in 1889 and established a law practice in Williamsport, Warren County, Indiana. He was a U.S. Representative from Indiana's 9th District (1895-1897) and was Indiana's 25th governor (1905-1909). He married Eva Simmer (1860-1927) in 1881 and of their 6 children. Only one of their children, Ethel, lived to adulthood. Governor Hanly passed away on August 1, 1920.


Esarey, Logan. An Account of Indianapolis and Marion County. Edited by Kate Milner Rabb and William Herschell. Vol. 4 of History of Indiana from Its Exploration to 1922. Dayton, OH: Dayton Historical Publishing, 1924.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., ed. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Vol. 1. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society, 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 Harry O. Garman on 1927/04/11.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/12/01 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/12/01 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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