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United States 32nd Congress, Indiana congressional delegation autographs

 Collection — Folder: S1832
Identifier: S1832

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a sheet of paper with autographs of the ten representatives from Indiana who served in the 32nd United States Congress from 1851 to 1853. One side of the paper contains the signatures of Thomas A. Hendricks, John G. Davis, Samuel W. Parker, Graham N. Fitch, John L. Robinson and Samuel Brenton.The reverse side includes the signatures of Cyrus Livingston Dunham, Willis Arnold Gorman, James Lockhart, and Daniel Mace.

The collection also has a photostatic copy of the September 30, 1951 article "Early Congressmen's Autographs Are Found" that was published in the Indianapolis Star. The article relates information about each member of the Hoosier delegation and notes that the autographs were found in an old book in a Philadelphia book shop by Emil Hurja and presented to the Washington Bureau of the Indianapolis Star.


  • circa 1851-1853; 1951

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.

Historical Note

The 32nd United States Congress met from December 1, 1851 to March 3, 1853 and Indiana had ten seats in the House of Representatives. Of the Indiana delegation, eight were members of the Democratic Party and two were members of the Whig Party. The most notable member was Thomas Hendricks, a Democratic representative from Indiana's 5th district who also served in the United States Senate, was governor of Indiana for one term, and was vice-president of the United States under Grover Cleveland from March 4, 1885 until his death on November 25, 1885. The other Democrats were James Lockhart, Cyrus L. Dunham, John L. Robinson, Willis A. Gorman, John G. Davis, Daniel Mace, and Graham N. Fitch. The two congressman from the Whig Party were Samuel W. Parker and Samuel Brenton.


United States Congress. "Hendricks, Thomas Andrews (1819-1885)." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed March 22, 2021.

United States Congress. "Institution: Session Dates of Congress." United States House of Representatives: History, Art and Archives. Access March 22, 2021.

Wikipedia. "32nd United States Congress." Last modified March 21, 2021.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the Indianapolis Star.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/03/22 by Laura Eliason.
United States 32nd Congress, Indiana congressional delegation autographs
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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