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W. H. H. Terrell, "Governor Oliver P. Morton" essays

 Collection — Folder: S1913
Identifier: S1913

Scope and Contents

This collection includes handwritten drafts of essays by William H. H. Terrell regarding Governor Oliver P. Morton. Written in pencil and ink (circa 1870s), the topics covered include difficulties with a man named Watson (most likely Peter H. Watson) at the War Department who wouldn't give Terrell an audience and resulting in Governor Morton having to leave his meeting with President Lincoln to resolve the matter; Governor Morton's proposal to Lincoln to raise a force of men to open the Mississippi from "Cairo to the Gulf" and divide the Confederacy; Morton's handling of personal attacks; and notes regarding the Bureau of Finance.


  • circa 1870s


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

William Henry Harrison Terrell was born November 13, 1827 in Henry County, Kentucky to John Harrison and Sally (Moore) Terrell. His family moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana in 1828 and there he spent his boyhood. He married Sarah Eliza Church on November 19, 1850 and they had two children. Terrell held several government positions in Bartholomew County, including deputy auditor, recorder, and treasurer of Columbus. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law for several years before moving to Vincennes to take a position in a bank in 1857.

In 1861, following the outbreak of war, Terrell was appointed secretary of the military auditing board. In January 1862, he was appointed by Governor Morton as military secretary of the executive department, then was given full management and administrative duties of the newly established Bureau of Finance in 1863 and given the rank of colonel. In 1864, Terrell was appointed Indiana adjutant general and given the rank of brigadier general. He continued in this position until resigning in 1869 to accept an appointment as third assistant postmaster general. His last public appointment was as a U.S. pension agent in Indianapolis, a position he held from 1873 to 1877. General Terrell died at the age of 56 on May 16, 1884.


"Death of Gen. W.H.H. Terrell." The Republic (Ind.), May 17, 1884.

"Death of General W.H.H. Terrell: The End of a Log and Busy Career of Unsefulness and Honor." Indianapolis Journal (Ind.), May 17, 1884.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and Their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, Ind.: Wabash College, 1981.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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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:

S1294: William Henry Harrison Terrell collection

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Collection processing completed in 1998 Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/08/25 by Laura Eliason.
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