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David Turpie collection

Identifier: L164

Scope and Contents

The collection contains David Turpie’[s manuscripts copy of Sketches of My Own Time (1903), minutes of Fiat Lux (Indianapolis literary society) from 1875 to 1876, and his speeches on literary and political issues.


  • 1875-1903


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

David Turpie was a U.S. Senator from Indiana. Born July 8, 1828 in Hamilton County, Ohio, Turpie studied law with intermittent forays into politics. Turpie was admitted to the bar in 1849, and practiced law in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana until 1852 when he was elected into the Indiana State House of Representatives. In 1863, Turpie was elected to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacated seat of Jesse D. Bright. Following the year in Senate, Turpie returned to Indianapolis to continue practicing law. Turpie was again elected to the U.S. Senate, as a Democrat, in 1887, serving until 1899. Turpie died April 21, 1909 in Indianapolis; interment in Crown Hill Cemetery.


Biography Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 6/9/2011.


0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mary Turpie on 1935/11/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2011 June by Brent Abercrombie. EAD finding aid created 2011 June by Brent Abercrombie.
David Turpie collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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