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Albert Gallatin Porter papers

Identifier: L125

Scope and Contents

This collection includes correspondence from Albert Gallatin Porter and others in Indianapolis, Indiana and elsewhere; newspaper clippings; speeches; autographed notes and manuscripts; and printed Congressional bills ranging from 1804 to 1928, regarding Porter's political career; biographies; historical subjects; his manuscript and indices.

There are also oversize Internal Improvement Loan stock document and newspaper clippings, ranging from 1838 July to 1888 May (OBC146).


  • circa 1804-1928, 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

Albert Gallatin Porter was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana on April 20, 1824. He attended preparatory school at Hanover (Indiana) College and was graduated from Indiana Asbury University (now DePauw University) in 1843. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1845, subsequently practicing in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was city attorney from 1851-1853; reporter of the Indiana Supreme Court, 1853- 1857 and a member of the city council from 1857-1859. He served as Republican representative to Congress from 1859-1863 and First Controller of the Indiana Treasury from 1878-1880. Albert served as the 19th governor of Indiana, from 1881-1885; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888; and was appointed United States Minister to Italy from 1889-1892l

He married Minerva V. Brown in Marion County, Indiana on Nov. 30, 1846. They had five children: Omer T., George T., Edward, Anna and Albert B. Minerva died in 1875 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. He and Cornelia Stone were married in Manhattan, New York on Jan. 5, 1881; she died in 1885 or 1886 and is also buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis. Gov. Porter died on May 3, 1897 and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Sources: "Albert G. Porter." 1870 United States Federal Census. Accessed January 13, 2016. "Albert G. Porter." Indiana, Index to Select Marriages, 1780-1992. Accessed January 13, 2016. "Albert Porter." New York, New York, marriage Index 1866-1937. Accessed January 13, 2016. "Albert Gallatin Porter." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed January 13, 2016.

United States Congress. "Porter, Albert Gallatin." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed January 13, 2016.


4.36 Cubic Feet (13 manuscript boxes, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Papers, notes and clipping files, circa 1804-1928

Series 2: Speeches, circa 1875-1891, undated

Series 3: Manuscript drafts, circa 1804-1928, undated

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/02/01 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/01 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid revised 2021/11/02 by Lauren Patton; 2024/06/05 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.