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Godlove S. Orth letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1033

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Godlove S. Orth’s letters to Schuyler Colfax, discussing Whig, Know Nothing, and Republican Party politics, the Indiana General Assembly, and other state and national issues. Also included are copies of Orth’s letters to James A. Garfield.


  • 1845-1881


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

Godlove S. Orth was born April 22, 1817 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He attended Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania where he studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1839 and began his practice in Lafayette, Indiana. He was a member of the Indiana State Senate from 1843-1848 where he served as President for one year and was the president elector on the Whig ticket in 1848. He served as a delegate to the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861. During the Civil War he served as captain of a company of volunteers.

He was then elected to the House of Representatives in 1863 and served until 1871 and then again from 1873-1875. While in the House he served as the chairman for the Committee on Private Land Claims and the Committee on Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Austria-Hungary March 9, 1875 and served until May 23, 1876, when he resigned. He was then elected to the House again in 1879 and served until 1882. Godlove S. Orth died on Dec. 16, 1882 and is buried in Springvale Cemetery.


Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. 16 November 2006


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from A. G Mitten during March 1928.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/12 by Barbara Hilderbrand. Finding aid updated by 2015/11/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created by 2018/05/21 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.