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Levin B. Lewis newspaper clippings

 Collection — Folder: S0832
Identifier: S0832

Scope and Contents

This collection contains eight clippings of Kate Milner Rabb's newspaper column "The Hoosier Listening Post" regarding Levin B. Lewis and range from January 18, 1935 to February 3, 1935. Rabb's articles relate a variety of experiences that Lewis describes in his autobiography and information shared in family letters. His autobiography (circa 1881) and letters (1852-1860) were provided to Rabb by his daughter, Prudence Lewis. Some of the topics recounted are Lewis's arrival in Lawrenceburg and his first trip through the White Water Valley; the panic of 1837; his experiences as director of the State Bank of Indiana at Lawrenceburg; means of travel to Indianapolis prior to the arrival of the railroad; an 1852 letter from William Henry Harrison's son J. Scott Harrison; family news; and news about his business interests, initially positive before being in "a very bad way" by 1860.


  • 1935

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

Levin Bestbridge Lewis born August 22, 1809 in Laurel, Sussex County, Delaware to Kendall M. and Margaret Bestbridge Lewis. He moved to Lawrenceburg, Indiana in 1836 and opened a dry goods business and later operated two flour mills. He became the director of the Lawrenceburg branch of the State Bank of Indiana and also held the position of director of the Big Four Railroad. He married Prudence Hobbs (1808-1849) in 1832, Augusta Prentiss (1816-1859) in 1850, and Angeline Yeager Godley (1826-1915) in 1861 and was the father of several children. He moved to Indianapolis in 1871 and lived there until his death on September 9, 1892.


Information within collection. "Angeline M. Godley." Indiana Marriages, 1810-2001. Accessed May 16, 2017. "Levin B. Lewis." Delaware Marriage Records, 1744-1912. Accessed May 16, 2017. "Levin B. Lewis." Indiana Marriage Index, 1806-1861. Accessed May 16, 2017.

"Death of L.B. Lewis." Lawrenceburg Register (IN), September 15, 1892.

Rabb, Kate Milner. "A Hoosier Listening Post." Indianapolis Star (IN), January 16, 1935.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2017/05/16 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/05/16 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

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