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William Prince papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1084

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of correspondence and documents recording payments during William Prince’s time as Indian agent at Vincennes, Indiana.

There is also a land grant belonging to Prince dated February 27, 1813 (OB174).


  • 1813-1834


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

William Prince was born in Ireland in 1772. He married Thérèse Tremblé with whom he had six children. Prince had immigrated to the United States and settled in Knox County, Indiana, by 1800. He served in the Indiana militia and was a captain at the Battle of Tippecanoe in 1811. Prince was a delegate to the first Indiana Constitutional Convention in 1816. He held many public offices including Knox County sheriff (1800- 1804), Indian Agent (1810-c.1811, 1818-1821), Gibson County prosecuting attorney (1813, 1819), first circuit court judge (1816-1817), first circuit court president judge (1817-1818), member of the commission to locate the state capital (1820), and member of the Indiana House of Representative (1821-1822). Prince was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1823 and served until his death on September 8, 1824. He was buried in the Old Cemetery near Princeton, Gibson County, Indiana.


Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, volume 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.

United States Congress. "William Prince." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed November, 2005.


0.02 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Thad Hall on 1934/09/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/11 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/11/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 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.