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Thomas B. Orr papers

 Collection — Folder: S2257
Identifier: S2257

Scope and Contents

This collection contains correspondence of Thomas B. Orr of Anderson, Indiana, including a June 13, 1904 letter from Charles A. Eastman and a June 14, 1904 letter from Henry Rawie congratulating him on his forthcoming marriage; the card announcing his marriage to Sarah Louise Northcott on January 4, 1905; a January 13, 1905 letter from Ella (Northcott) of Economy, Indiana; a January 15, 1905 letter sent to his wife, Louise, from Margaret E. Mooney of Richmond, Indiana; an unused postcard with a picture of the Orrs from circa 1904; and a postcard with a picture of the Volkstheater in Vienna sent to the Orrs in circa 1910. One other item in the collection is a small invitation card for an afternoon tea at Mrs. I. E. May's on June 6, 1923 that was sent to Mrs. Phineas Kendall and daughters.


  • 1904-1923

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 Benton Orr was born March 3, 1846 in Licking County, Ohio to Isaac and Mary (Wetherall) Orr. In 1853, his family moved to Marshall County, Indiana. As an adult, he farmed and taught school in Illinois and spent time in Nebraska and Oregon before returning to Indiana in 1870. He began studying law at Indiana University in 1872 and read law in the office of Howell D. Thompson in Anderson, Indiana in 1875 before being admitted to the bar that same year. A Democrat, he was elected prosecuting attorney in 1878 and also served on the city council. He was one of the founders of the Anderson Loan Association, was the president of the Anderson Trust Company for several years and helped establish the Y.M.C.A. home. He married Sarah Louise Northcott on Janauray 4, 1905 and passed away at the age of 72 on September 5, 1918.


"Death Thomas Benton Orr, 72: citizen of Anderson 43 Years, Lawyer and Financier, Dies at Hotel at Indianapolis." Anderson Herald (IN), September 6, 1918. "Thomas Benton Orr." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed December 27, 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 from Anderson Public Library on 2018/06/25.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/12/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/12/27 by Laura Eliason.
Thomas B. Orr papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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