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James Brown Ray correspondence

 Collection — Folder: S1097
Identifier: S1097

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of Photostat copies of letters held at the National Archives and two original documents, a letter and a grant of remission to Robert McCarty.


  • 1825-1831


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

James Brown Ray was born on February 19, 1794, in Jefferson County, Kentucky. He studied law in Cincinnati and then settled in Brookville, Indiana in 1818. Ray served in the State House of Representatives (1821-1822) and the State Senate (1822-1825). He became president protempore of the Senate when the lieutenant governor resigned to run for U.S. Congress and became governor when Governor William Hendricks was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1825. Ray was elected as governor at the end of Hendricks’ term and served in the office until 1831. He ran for the U.S. Senate in 1824, 1831, and 1837, but lost each time. After leaving office, he practiced law in Indianapolis. James Brown Ray died in August 1848. Sources: 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. Indiana Governor James Brown Ray. Nov. 2005. Indiana Historical Bureau. .


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 donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2005/11 by Christina Baich. Finding aid revised 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter. EAD finding aid created 2018/05/21 by Lauren Patton.
James Brown Ray correspondence
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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