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Thomas A. Hendricks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S0635

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of Thomas A. Hendricks’ correspondence as well as a few receipts and checks ranging from 1825 to 1885 in Indiana. A speech given by his nephew Thomas at a Thomas A. Hendricks Memorial Celebration at Thomas A. Hendricks School in Shelbyville, Indiana is also included.

There are also oversize memorial resolutions passed upon Thomas A. Hendricks' death and other certificates, 1885 and undated (OBD005).

Correspondents include William English, Benjamin Harrison, Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York, and Lew Wallace. However, each has only one letter in the collection.


  • 1825-1949, bulk 1873-1879


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

Thomas Andrews Hendricks was born on September 7, 1819, near Zanesville, Ohio, and moved with his family to Madison, Indiana, while still a child. He graduated from Hanover College in 1841 and studied law in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1843. In 1845, he married Eliza C. Morgan with whom he had one child. Hendricks was active in Democratic politics throughout his life. He served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives during the 1848-1849 session and as a delegate to the Indiana Constitutional Convention in 1850. He also served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1851-1855) and of the U.S. Senate (1863-1869). Hendricks was elected governor of Indiana in 1873 and held that office until 1876. He won the Democratic nomination for U.S. vice-president in 1876 and 1884, but he and Governor Samuel J. Tilden of New York lost the 1876 election. Hendricks became vice-president in 1885, but died only nine months after taking office on November 25, 1885.


"Indiana Governor Thomas Andrews Hendricks." Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed December 16, 2005.

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.


0.13 Cubic Feet (2 folders, 1 extra-large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. John E. Hendricks on 1938/11/01; John Comer in 1948/03.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OBD005: Thomas A. Hendricks oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/12 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2005/12 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid revised 2015/11/06 by Brittany Kropf; 2021/08/26 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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