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Lewis G. Thompson letters

 Collection — Folder: S1306
Identifier: S1306

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photocopies of letters written by Lewis G. Thompson to his brother W.L. Thompson from 1837-1844. The letters discuss the Wabash and Erie Canal, land speculation around Fort Wayne, economic conditions, state and local politics, temperance, banks, and the growth of the town of Fort Wayne, Indiana.


  • 1837-1844


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

Lewis Garrett Thompson was born on March 3, 1803, in Mercer County, near Lexington, Kentucky. He moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1825. Dr. Thompson graduated from the Medical College of Ohio in Cincinnati, in 1826. Lewis married Ann Scott in 1828 or 1829, and had five children. He was a physician, farmer, land speculator, Freemason, and a Whig. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1835-1840, and 1842-1843. He died on August 8, 1845.


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 from John Martin Smith on 1968/8/1.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2017/8/24 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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