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Oliver M. Wilson letter

 Collection — Folder: S1414
Identifier: S1414

Scope and Contents

This letter was typed on August 27, 1898, in the law office of Oliver M. WIlson, Kansas City, Kansas, addressed to his "Dear Old Friend," Honorable Robert Wesley McBride (1842-1926). Based upon information in the letter, Robert McBride was an assistant to Oliver Wilson when he served in the Indiana Senate. Oliver left Indiana in 1887 "on account of my health and to get out and rid of politics." He recovered his health and did get out of politics. Oliver wrote to Robert about his friend, Arthur E. Russell, Secretary of the Portsmouth Investment Company, because Mr. Russell showed Oliver "the circular of the State Life Insurance Company" and asked if he knew the people, which he did. Mr. Russell would be in charge of the loan department of Mr. McBride's company. Oliver wrote: "if you need an attorney I will be glad to serve you."


  • 1898


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

Born in Logansport, Indiana, on August 16, 1836, Oliver M. Wilson was the son of Lazarus Brown and Mary Todd Barbee Wilson. He studied law at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1859. He and his wife Mary Actelia, whom he married on October 4, 1860, had six children. Oliver worked for the Indianapolis Sinking Fund Commission in 1860, and the Swamp Land Commission in 1862. During the Civil War, he served as captain of the 54th Volunteer Regiment. From 1865-1871, Mr. Wilson was secretary of the Indiana Senate. He wrote the "Digest of Parliamentary Law." In 1871, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives. During President Grant's administration, Oliver served as assistant U.S. district attorney. In 1887, he opened a private law practice in Kansas. He died on July 19, 1907, in Kansas City, Missouri.


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There is only one item in this collection.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. P. Hoster in 1954/02.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed 2015/04/09 by Nikki Stoddard Schofield.
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Repository Details

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