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Leonard Swett, Mexican War pension

 Collection — Folder: S1278
Identifier: S1278

Scope and Contents

This collection has a photostat of a return of the 2nd Division of Volunteers for April 1848, commanded by Brig. Gen. Thomas Marshall. On legal-size paper are six typed pages by Leonard Swett requesting a pension for his Mexican War service. George C. Chalou, Military Archives Division, sent a letter to Kay Carpenter, Tacoma, Washington, on May 8, 1973, which gives information about Mr. Swett's army service. There are a few additional xerox copies of papers submitted with the request for a pension.


  • 1848 and 1880


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

Leonard Swett was born August 11, 1825, in Turner, Androscoggin County, Maine, to John Swett (1789-1889) and Remember Berry (1794-1883). On March 1, 1848, Leonard mustered into the 5th Indiana Regiment of volunteers at Newport, Kentucky. He went by ship from New Orleans to Vera Cruz, where he became sick. On May 1, 1848, he was confined in a hospital at Vera Cruz, where he remained for a month. About June 1, "peace having been made," Leonard crossed the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans. He was discharged at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, about June 15, 1848. On July 11, 1854, he married Laura R. Quigg (1829-1886) in Bradford, New Hampshire. They had a son, Leonard Herbert Swett, born November 11, 1858, in Bloomington, Illinois. After Laura's death on March 5, 1886, in Chicago, Leonard married Marie Decker on July 14, 1887. Marie was born about 1826. Mr. Swett applied for a pension on May 23, 1888. He died June 8, 1889 in Chicago.


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 donation from Kay Carpenter on 1973/3/28.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/5/11 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
Leonard Swett, Mexican War pension
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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