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Abel C. Pepper letter

 Collection — Folder: S3123
Identifier: S3123

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a November 22, 1835 letter written by Indian Agent Abel C. Pepper that accompanied a treasury warrant (no. 2280) for $1,430 drawn on the State Bank of Indiana at Indianapolis. Pepper requested that the amount be paid to his credit and that a receipt of acknowledgement be returned by mail. The warrant is not part of the collection.


  • 1835/11/22


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

Abel Claypole Pepper was an early settler of Indiana. He was born on April 20, 1793 in Virginia and later moved to Kentucky and served as a private with the Kentucky volunteer light dragoons during the War of 1812. He moved to Dearborn County, Indiana in 1815 and quickly became a leader of the community and served as county commissioner and sheriff. He also joined the Indiana militia and earned the rank of colonel and then brigadier general, though he continued to use the title of Colonel. He was appointed a sub-Indian agent in 1829 and was later promoted to the office of Indian agent and then superintendent for the removal of the Indians from Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin before resigning in 1839. Pepper also served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives, was a U.S. Marshall, and was elected a representative to Indiana's Constitutional Convention in 1850. He married Jane Haff in 1820 and they had four children. He died at his home in Rising Sun, Indiana on March 20, 1860.


History of Dearborn and Ohio Counties, Indiana: From Their Earliest Settlement. Chicago: F.E. Weakley & Co., 1885. Accessed January 8, 2018.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, Alan F. January, eds. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Volume 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of The Indiana General Assembly in cooperation with the Indiana Historical Bureau, 1980.

Woollen, William Wesley. Biographical and Historical Sketches of Early Indiana. Indianapolis: Hammond & C0., 1883.


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.


No further additions are expected.

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S1723: Abel C. Pepper collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2018/01/08 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.