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Joseph Habersham letters

 Collection — Folder: S2136
Identifier: S2136

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typewritten transcriptions of eight letters written by Postmaster General Joseph Habersham regarding the establishment of a postal route from Louisville to Kaskaskia, via Vincennes. Ranging from 1797 to 1799, the letters were transcribed from volumes F-I of the letterbooks of the Postmaster General.


  • 1797-1799


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

Joseph Habersham was born in Savannah, Georgia on July 28, 1751. Educated at Princeton University, he became a successful merchant and planter. Habersham served as a colonel in the U.S. Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and was a delegate to the Continental Congress in 1785. He was appointed postmaster general of the United States by President George Washington in 1795 and served until the end of John Adam's administration in 1801. Habersham also served as president of the George branch of the Bank of United States from 1802 until his death on November 17, 1815.


Joseph Habersham Chapter, NSDAR. "History: About Joseph Habersham." Accessed January 12, 2021.

United States Congress. "Habersham, Joseph."Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed January 13, 2021.


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.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/01/13 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/01/13 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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