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Christopher Harrison invoice

 Collection — Folder: S2721
Identifier: S2721

Scope and Contents

This collection includes one invoice from Christopher Harrison, then President of the Indiana Senate, to Senator John DePauw dated January 27, 1818 in payment for service and travel to the General Assembly.

Dates

  • 1818

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

John DePauw was a pioneer lawyer and judge in Washington County. He was also part of the first Indiana Constitutional Convention and was elected to the Indiana Senate for 4 terms until his death in 1838.

Biographical Note

Christopher ("Old Kit") Harrison was born in Cambridge, Maryland in 1775 to Robert Harrison and his wife, formerly of England. He graduated from St. John's College, Annapolis, Maryland and then worked for William Patterson, a merchant in Baltimore, Maryland as his confidential clerk. When he inherited slaves from his father, he freed them all and never owned another slave. By 1809, he had moved to Jefferson County, IN. In 1815, he sold his land to George Logan. He partnered with Jonathan Lyons in a retail establishment in Salem, IN for many years. He was elected the first Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1816-1818. He believed he should serve as Acting Governor when then Governor Jennings accepted an appointment by the federal government to act as commissioner in negotiating the purchase of land in the central part of Indiana from the Native Americans. The governor was able to convince the legislature otherwise and Harrison resigned midterm. In 1823, the legislature appointed him a commissioner to survey and lay off Indianapolis. IN 1824, following his success in this venture, he was appointed by the legislature to open a canal around the falls of Ohio. IN 1830, he left Salem and moved to a farm a few miles away until 1834, when he returned to his native state of Maryland, where he lived with his sister for years. In Indiana and Maryland, he was beloved by children and gave them flowers and fruit, which he grew. He never married. He died in 1863 in Maryland.

Source: Woollen, William Wesley. "Harrison, Christopher". In Biographical and Historical Sketches of Early Indiana. Indianapolis, IN: Hammond & Co. 1883. pp. 160-167. ISLG 977.2 W913b

Extent

0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

Arrangement

This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was bound in a notebook 1906/08/27 and subsequently removed on 1931/09/24.

Accruals

No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2015/11/06 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2015/11/06 by Lauren Patton.
Title
Christopher Harrison invoice
Status
Completed
Description rules
dacs

Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

Contact:
140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.
317-232-3671