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Jesse Lynch Holman letters

 Collection — Folder: S0676
Identifier: S0676

Scope and Contents

The collection contains letters to Jesse Lynch Holman as President of the Aurora Bible Association and reports of various churches to the Laughery Association of Baptists, ranging from 1824 to 1841. Recipients other than Holman are men who served as clerk to the Laughery Association


  • 1824-1841, undated

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

Jesse Lynch Holman was born on October 24, 1784, near Danville, Kentucky. He was admitted to the Kentucky bar on September 2, 1805, and practiced law in New Castle, Port William, and Frankfort, Kentucky. In 1810, he married Elizabeth Masterson. He moved to Indiana in 1811 and settled near the present site of Aurora, where he built Veraestau, an historic home still in existence.

After settling in Indiana, Holman became an active public servant. In 1811, Governor William Henry Harrison appointed Holman prosecuting attorney for Dearborn County. He became a member of the territorial legislature and was appointed presiding judge of the second judicial circuit in 1814. After two year, he was appointed judge of the third circuit and a justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. He served on the Supreme Court from 1816 to 1830, when Governor James Brown Ray removed him from the court.

After leaving the bench, he returned to Veraestau, continued his law practice, and increased his involvement in the Baptist church and the Sunday school movement. He made an unsuccessful U.S. senatorial bid, losing to John Tipton by one vote. In 1834, Holman was ordained as a Baptist minister. He was one of the founders of Indiana University, Franklin College, and the Indiana Historical Society. In addition to his legal career, Holman was also an author. His novel, The Prisoners of the Niagara, or Errors of Education, was published in 1810. In 1836, he was appointed federal district judge of Indiana. He remained in this post until his death on March 28, 1842.


Banta, Ray E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1816-1916. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1949.

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Biographies: Justice Jesse Lynch Holman. Indiana Supreme Court. February 3, 2006.


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 E. S. Rees on 1927/11/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/02 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2006/02 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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