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Thomas R. Stanford collection

 Collection — Folder: S2221
Identifier: S2221

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photostats of a volume used by Thomas R. Stanford circa 1838 to circa 1851 and copied in 1941 from the original in the possession of the Henry County Historical Society. The first nine pages include an address written for the people of Henry County regarding the Whitewater Canal and an obituary for his wife, Mary, who died in 1851. Pages ten through twenty-one include an address he gave to a school on literary education and Christian education, and the last thirty-four pages consist of a speech regarding internal improvements, political corruption, and the United States Bank. Also included is two undated pages with handwritten notes by an unknown author regarding topics mentioned the collection.


  • circa 1838-circa 1851

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

Thomas Stanford was born November 23, 1794 in Virginia. When still a child, he moved with his parents to Warren County, Ohio. On January 16, 1817, he married Mary Arnett and they became the parents of 12 children. Following their marriage, they moved to Wayne County, Indiana. The family moved again to Madison County in 1820 and then moved to Henry County in 1822. Stanford served Henry County as an associate judge from 1822 to 1825, as surveyor from 1832 to 1846, and as a commissioner from 1854 to 1860. Politically, he was a Whig, then a member of the Free Soil party, and later a Republican. He first served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1825 to 1826, then served multiple terms in both the Indiana House and Senate from 1831 to 1845. A few years after Mary Stanford died in 1851, he was married a second time to Margaret Warren and they had two children. Thomas Stanford died at the age of 74 on January 4, 1869.


Biographical Memoirs of Henry County, Indiana. Logansport, Ind.: B.F. Bowen, 1902.

The Society of Indiana Pioneers. "Thomas R. Stanford." Pioneer Founders of Indiana: 2011. Accessed September 7, 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 Henry County Historical Society on 1941/06/06.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/09/07 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/09/07 by Laura Eliason.
Thomas R. Stanford collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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