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John G. Clark papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1839

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of five folders, with the first four containing business records of John G. Clark ranging from 1856 to 1878. The bulk of the collection consists of documents related to land purchased by Clark located near Humboldt, Eureka, and Wyandotte, Kansas and Beatrice and Brownsville, Nebraska that was originally obtained by states as part of the Agricultural College Act (the Morrill Land Grant College Act) of July 2, 1862. Other records include two bank deposit books, correspondence and receipts for the D.D. Clark and Co. of Clarks Hill, Indiana, a summons for Clark to appear in court in June 1871, and correspondence and tax receipts sent to Robert Ostler of Frankfort, Indiana regarding property he owned in Harrison County, Iowa that he sold to Clark in June 1876. The fifth folder in the collection contains family correspondence and correspondence related to Clark’s service during the Civil War ranging from 1856 to 1867.


  • 1856-1926


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 G. Clark was born February 21, 1836 in Virginia to Dr. John Milton and Sarah (Gilkeson) Clark. The family moved to Perry Township, Clinton County, Indiana in late 1836 and a few years later moved to Jefferson, a small community in Washington Township. In the 1850s, he went into business with his Uncle Daniel D. Clark of Clarks Hill, Indiana and following the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War, he mustered into service with the 26th Indiana Regiment as an officer with the rank of major on August 30, 1861. He was promoted to lieutenant colonel on July 1, 1862 and promoted to the rank of colonel on September 28, 1862. After completing his military service, he returned to Clinton County and served as county treasurer from 1866 to 1870. He was instrumental in getting the Vandalia and the Clover Leaf railroads to Frankfort and was president of the company that built the part of the Clover Leaf from Frankfort to the Illinois state line. He was also the president of the company that brought natural gas to Frankfort.

Clark married Sarah Braden on December 26, 1861 and they had one son, Addison Braden Clark (1864-1917). He was a Mason, a member of the Stone River Post of the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.), and a member of the Loyal Legion. Clark died at the age of 74 on December 28, 1910.


Information found within collection.

"Col. John G. Clark Dead." Indianapolis News (Ind.), December 29, 1910.

"Death of Col. John G. Clark." Frankfort News (Ind.), December 28, 1910.

"Death of Dr. John M. Clark." Indianapolis Journal (Ind.), August 10, 1889.

History of Clinton County, Indiana.. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Company, 1886.

Ream, Donald and Lynne Ream. Clarks Hill: A Pictorial History of Clarks Hill and Its Surrounding Area. Lafayette, Ind.: D. and L. Ream, 1992.


0.05 Cubic Feet (5 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2021/05/25 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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