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Alvin P. Hovey letter

 Collection — Folder: S0686
Identifier: S0686

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letter written by Alvin P. Hovey to Isabelle de la Hunt in response to a kind letter she sent him while he was in the U.S. House of Representatives. Hovey was a friend of her son.


  • 1888


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

Alvin Peterson Hovey was born on September 6, 1821, near Mount Vernon, Posey County, Indiana. He began practicing law after being admitted to the bar in 1842. He was commissioned as a first lieutenant in 1846 to serve in the Mexican War. In 1850, he was a delegate to the Indiana Constitutional Convention. Hovey served as a circuit judge (1851-1854); Indiana Supreme Court justice (1854); and U.S. district attorney (1856-1858).

When the Civil War began, he was commissioned by Governor Morton as colonel of the 24th Regiment, Indiana Volunteers. He served throughout the war, receiving promotions to brigadier general of Volunteers and brevetted major general of Volunteers. Following the war, he became U.S. Minister to Peru and held that post until his resignation in 1870. He returned to Indianapolis to resume his law practice. Hovey served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1887 to 1889. He resigned from Congress after being elected governor of Indiana. He died in office on November 23, 1891, in Indianapolis.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Accessed February 2, 2006.

Indiana Supreme Court Justice Biographies: Justice Alvin Peterson Hovey. Indiana Supreme Court. Accessed February 2, 2006.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection contains one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Conway Baker on 1968/11/13.


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

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