Skip to main content

Gilbert Ashville Pierce and Schuyler Colfax correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S1064
Identifier: S1064

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a handwritten letter from Indiana Representative Gilbert Ashville Pierce on August 29, 1870, to Schuyler Colfax, Vice President of the United States under President Ulysses S. Grant. In the letter, Pierce urges Colfax to run for President of the United States in 1872.


  • 1870


Conditions Governing Access

Restrictions apply. Contact the repository for more information.

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/Historical Note

Gilbert Pierce was born in East Otto, New York, on January 11, 1839, and moved to Indiana with his parents. After attending the University of Chicago, Pierce enlisted in the ninth Indiana Volunteers, and by 1864 was Inspector General of the War Department. In 1868, he became a member of the Indiana House of Representatives. On June 25, 1884, Pierce was appointed Governor of Dakota Territory by President Chester Arthur, and was elected in 1889 to one term as United States Senator. In 1893, Pierce was appointed U.S. Minister to Portugal by President Benjamin Harrison, but was forced to resign due to failing health. Pierce died on February 15, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois.

Source: Gilbert A. Pierce. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved May 21, 2015, from


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records transfer OR donation from unknown.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/05/21 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/05/21 by Linda Gellert.
Gilbert Ashville Pierce and Schuyler Colfax correspondence
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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