Scope and Contents
This collection contains material that Charles N. Thompson collected while researching his wife's family history and includes news clippings, photostat copies and typed abstracts of newspaper articles regarding the Conner and Finch families (1820-1944); photostats of Indiana Acts and United States Senate reports regarding political and legal activities of John and William Conner (1820-1829); letters written by James Garner Finch of Lawrence, Kansas to his "Dear Cousin" (1892-1896); and photostats of a journal and letters from the Indiana State Library's collection of John Tipton's papers (1820-1834).
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.
Charles Nebeker Thompson was born at Covington, Fountain County, Indiana on July 17, 1861 to William and Hannah (Nebecker) Thompson. He graduated from DePauw University at Greencastle, Indiana in 1882 and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1885. Besides practicing law, he served as an Indiana state senator from 1900 to 1904. Along with his many business activities, he also served as director and president of the Indiana State Library and Historical Board from 1925-1933. He was a writer of legal, financial, and historical subjects, including the book, "Sons of the Wilderness: John and William Conner". On October 7, 1891, he married Julia Finch Conner (1867-1928), daughter of John Cogswell Conner and Alice (Finch) Conner. Julia's great-grandfather was John Conner, an early Indiana pioneer and founder of Connersville, Indiana. Her maternal grandfather, Hiram Finch, was the brother of Judge Fabius Maximus Finch. She was also the great-grand niece of William H. Conner, who's homestead has become the Conner Prairie Interactive Historic Park in Hamilton County, Indiana. Charles Thompson died on August 16, 1949.
Information found within collection.
"Charles Thompson Dies: Ex-Senator, Attorney." Indianapolis Star, August 17, 1949.
Hubbard, Kin, and John T. McCutcheon. A book of Indiana: the story of what has been described as the most typically American state in the American democracy told in terms of biography. [S.I.]: Indiana Biographical Association, 1929
Walsh, Justin E., Charles W. Calhoun, Alan F. January, Elizabeth Shanahan, and Vincent A. Giroux, Jr. eds. A Biographical Directory of Indiana General Assembly. Vol.2, 1900-1984. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1984.