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Mary Posey letters

 Collection — Folder: S1071
Identifier: S1071

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two personal letters, and a typed copy of each letter, from Mary Posey, wife of Governor Thomas Posey, to her daughter, Mrs. Eliza Maria Street, Shawneetown, Illinois Territory, June 28, 1816, and May 20, 1821.


  • 1816, 1821


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

Mary Alexander Thornton Posey (1754-1837), the daughter of Virginia aristocrat John Alexander, was born in Stafford County, Virginia. In 1773 she married George Thornton, a wealthy businessman and landowner in Fredericksburg, Virginia. After Thornton's death in 1781 while serving in the militia, Mary married Thomas Posey, who was appointed governor of the Indiana Territory in 1813 following Harrison's resignation. Posey served in that capacity until statehood in 1816, when he ran unsuccessfully for governor against Jonathan Jennings. Soon after, Posey was appointed Indian agent for the Illinois Territory in 1816, and died while serving in the office at Shawneetown in 1818.



0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a records purchase from Mr. E. L. Honts on 1969/02/20.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/06/11 by Linda Gellert. EAD finding aid created 2015/06/11 by Linda Gellert.
Mary Posey letters
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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