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John Peter Paul collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1720

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the correspondence of John Peter Paul and Paul’s survey book for his work on the Wabash and Erie Canal.


  • 1811-1827


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

John Peter Paul was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania November 12, 1758. In 1778 he joined the George Rogers Clark expedition. In 1794 he married Sarah Thomberry Grover in Danville, Kentucky. He served as a colonel during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. He moved to Indiana in 1808 settling near what is today Madison, Indiana. He worked as a miller, businessman, farmer, surveyor, and publisher. He established the first ferry from Madison, Indiana to Kentucky in 1811. He was president of the Farmers’ and Mechanics’ Bank, clerk of Hardin County, Kentucky, Hamilton County, Ohio, and Jefferson County, Indiana. He was a member of the Ohio Constitutional Convention in 1808 and an Ohio State Senator. He was a member of the Indiana territorial legislature. He served in the Indiana State Senate. John Peter Paul died June 6, 1830 in Madison, Indiana. Source: Rebecca A. Shepherd ... [et al.], eds. A Biographical directory of the Indiana General Assembly v. 2. Indianapolis : Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Georgia H. Binkley on 1921/03/11 and R.E. Banta on 1933/07/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2007/05 by Barbara Hilderbrand. Finding aid updated 2015/11/14 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/06/05 by Lauren Patton.
John Peter Paul 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.