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Pleas E. Greenlee papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2388

Scope and Contents

This collection includes typewritten copies of the following speeches given by Pleas E. Greenlee: a July 11, 1934 address before the Democratic candidates for state legislature in Indianapolis; a circa 1935 speech given in Lake County, Indiana; a May 25, 1946 address to the Democratic Editorial Association at their spring meeting; and a February 28, 1948 Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner address given at the Murat Temple in Indianapolis.

The collection also includes a typewritten copy of "The Life Sketch of a Straight Shooter, a Square Dealer, a Man of the People," a biography of Greenlee compiled for his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for govenor of Indiana in 1936; and a carbon copy of "Proceedings at Democratic State Convention," a 126-page report prepared by Mrs. Lucile Nugent and Mrs. Dorthey Schoolcraft regarding the convention held at the state fair grounds in Indianapolis on June 25, 1946.


  • 1934-1948


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

Pleasant Emory Greenlee was born February 9, 1891 on a farm in Rush County to William and Missouri (Perkins) Greenlee. Though christened Pleasant, he shortened his name to Pleas in his youth. When he was ten years old, the family moved to a farm in Shelby County and he graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1911. Greenlee planned to study journalism at Indiana University, but he became a reporter for the Shelbyville Democrat instead. He was promoted to asistant city editor and later became the paper's business manager and part owner. Greenlee was the Democratic candidate for city clerk of Shelbyville in 1917 and was elected while serving overseas as a member of Battery E of the 150th Field Artillery during World War I. Following his return from the war in the spring of 1919, Greenlee took up his position as clerk and won re-election in 1921. He later sold his interest in the Shelbyville paper and for a time was part owner of the Michigan City Dispatch. He served as Paul V. McNutt's campaign manager in the 1932 Indiana gubenatorial contest and became the executive secretary to McNutt following his election to the governor's office. Greenlee was an unsuccessful candidate in 1936 for the Democratic nomination for governor, losing to M. Clifford Townsend, who went on to win the general election. In 1946, he was elected state Democratic chairman and held the post for two years.

Greenlee married Doris Casady on May 19, 1917 and they had three children: Merrylin, Pleas E., Jr., and William. He was the founder of Victory Post No. 70 of the American Legion and served as the post commander, district commander and state adjutant. Greenlee was also a Mason, a member of the Elks and Eagles lodges, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He suffered from ill health for several years prior to committing suicide on September 29, 1954.


Information found within collection. "Pleas Kmory Greenlee." Indiana, U.S., Death Certificates, 1899-2011. Accessed July 28, 2022.

"Pleas Greenlee, Demo 'King-Marker,' Kills Self." Indianapolis Star (IN), September 30, 1954.


0.03 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Doris Greenlee on 1967/10/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/07/28 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/07/28 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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