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McCarty family letter

 Collection — Folder: S1762
Identifier: S1762

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a letter from Nicholas McCarty to his son, Nicholas McCarty, Jr., while attending Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.


  • 1853/05/07


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

Nicholas McCarty, Sr. was born on September 26, 1795, in Moorefield, Hardy County, Virginia (now West Virginia). He settled in Indiana in 1823, where he became a successful businessman. In 1828, he married Margaret Hawkins with whom he had four children, Susanna, Nicholas, Margaret, and Frances. In addition to his business ventures, McCarty was also a public servant. He was a Canal Fund commissioner (1832-1836); Indiana State Senator (1849-1852); and Indianapolis City Councilman (1853-1854). McCarty lost bids for U.S. Representative (1847) and Governor of Indiana (1852). He died on May 17, 1854. Nicholas McCarty, Jr. was born on February 8, 1834, in Indianapolis, Indiana. He attended Brown University (Providence, RI) until his father’s death required him to return to Indianapolis. He managed the family’s affairs well, growing the estate to include most of what is now the west side of Indianapolis. While McCarty was active in Republican politics throughout his life, he never held a public office. He played a significant role in the building of the first bridge at Kentucky Avenue, which connected Indianapolis with the southwestern portion of the city, as well as the building of the Belt Railroad. He never married and died on January 8, 1916. Sources: “Nicholas McCarty, Jr.” Citizens Historical Association. March 1934. In McCarty, Indiana Biography Clipping File. Indiana State Library. Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Volume 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Curtis Shake, 1968/04/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/03 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/11/12 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/06/06 by Lauren Patton.
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Repository Details

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