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David Wallace letter

 Collection — Folder: S1351
Identifier: S1351

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises the photostat of a letter from Governor David Wallace to Samuel Judah in Vincennes, Indiana on September 21, 1839. Governor Wallace wrote to Judah about the "outline of your court project." Apparently, Judah wanted to create additional courts but Wallace "could not bring forth such a measure" because of "the present heavy taxation on the people." He discussed the state publisher, the speaker, and the next governor.


  • 1839

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 Wallace was born April 24, 1799, near Lewistown, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Brookville, Indiana, in 1817. In 1821, Wallace graduated from West Point. Having been admitted to the bar in 1824, he practiced law in Indiana. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1828 to 1830; lieutenant governor of Indiana from 1831 to 1837; and governor from 1837 to 1840. From 1841 to 1843, Wallace was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Later he moved from Washington, D.C. to Indianapolis and resumed his law practice. Governor Wallace was a delegate to the Indiana Constitutional Convention in 1850. From 1856 until his death, he was judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Marion County. His first wife was Esther, with whom he had three sons, one of whom was the Civil War general, author, and politician, Lew Wallace. After the death of his first wife, he married Zerelda Gray Sanders, who became a leader in the temperance and suffrage movements. David Wallace died on September 4, 1859, and is buried in Crown Hill Cemetery beside Zerelda.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is one letter arranged as paginated.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Lilly Library, Indiana University, in 1963/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/05/17 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid completed 2018/05/17 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield. EAD finding aid revised 2018/06/07 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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