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Alexander Wilson letters

 Collection — Folder: S2658
Identifier: S2658

Scope and Contents

This collection includes two letters written by Alexander Wilson of Peru, Indiana. The first letter is dated November 25, 1844 and was sent to Mr. B.F. Morris of the Indianapolis branch of the State Bank of Indiana requesting a loan for the purchase of several hundred head of hogs from William Conner and John Stephenson of Hamilton County. The second letter is dated April 13, 1846 and was sent to Calvin Fletcher at Indianapolis in answer to a letter received from Fletcher regarding Wilson's payment of his note to William Conner.


  • 1844-1846


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 / Historical

Alexander Wilson was born on January 10, 1805 in Gibson County, Indiana to Walter and Mary Wilson. The Wilson family moved to Logansport and Alexander married Matilda Thorp there on May 28, 1829. He moved to Peru, Indiana in 1834 and became one of the town’s first merchants. Besides his many business pursuits, he also served in the Indiana General Assembly from 1838 to 1840. In 1846, he joined the army and served as a sutler during the Mexican-American War. He survived the war, but on his trip home he was robbed and killed by Mexican guerrillas on August 11, 1848.


Lewis Publishing Company. Biographical and Genealogical History of Cass, Miami, Howard and Tipton Counties, Indiana, Vol. I. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1898.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Vol. 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from F. Vernon Smith on 1932/05/04.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/08/05 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2019/08/05 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.