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Daniel D. Pratt papers

 Collection — Folder: S1846
Identifier: S1846

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence received by Daniel D. Pratt, including a January 27, 1862 letter from John Turley of Galveston, Cass County, Indiana, a January 1870 subscription notice from the Logansport Presbyterial Academy, and a November 10, 1870 letter sent by Schulyer Colfax along with an unused student attendance sheet of the Rising Sun Seminary from the time Pratt was principal of the school (1832-1833) that Colfax found in his old files. The collection also includes a two-page, typewritten historical sketch of the Rising Sun Seminary written by Verne Patty, curator of the Indiana State Museum, in circa 1930 and two undated copies of a print of Daniel Pratt's portrait, one mounted on book board.


  • circa 1832- circa 1930


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

Daniel Darwin Pratt was born October 26, 1813 in Palermo, Maine to Dr. Daniel and Sally Pratt. His family moved to Fenner, Madison County, New York when he was still a small child. In 1825, he entered Cazenovia Seminary and later graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York in 1831. He moved to Indiana in 1832 and taught school at the Rising Sun Seminary. He moved to Indianapolis in 1834 and worked in the office of the Secretary of State, served as private secretary to Governor Noah Noble, and studied law under Calvin Fletcher. After passing the bar, he moved to Logansport, Indiana to begin his law practice in 1836. He served in the Indiana Legislature in 1851 and 1853 and served as a Republican in the United States Senate from 1869 to 1875. He was appointed U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue in 1875 by President Grant, but resigned in 1876. He died in Logansport on June 17, 1877.


"Death of Ex-Senator Pratt." Indiana State Sentinel (Indianapolis, Ind.), June 20, 1877. "Dr. Daniel Pratt." Find a Grave Memorial no. 93364904. Accessed April 5, 2021.

Seeds, Russel M., ed. History of the Republican Party of Indiana: Biographical Sketches of the Party Leaders, Vol. 1. Indianapolis, Ind.: Indiana History Company, 1899.

United States Congress."Pratt, Daniel Darwin." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed April 5, 2021.

Wilson, James Grant and John Fiske, eds. Appletons' Cyclopaedia of American Biography, Vol. V. New york: D. Appleton and Company, 1900.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

L128: Daniel D. Pratt collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. EAD finding aid created 2021/04/06 by Laura Eliason.
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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.