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Albert H. Vestal collection

Identifier: L352

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is invitations, programs, and announcements for social events in Washington, D.C. Other items include clippings related to Albert H. Vestal’s work in Congress; his diary and other materials from his trip to California and Alaska (1927); speeches; a record of assistance given to World War I veterans and their families in his congressional district; and a transcript of headlines made by Vestal during 1917.


  • 1899-1932, bulk 1917-1932


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

Albert Henry Vestal was born on January 18, 1875, near Frankton, Madison County, Indiana. His parents were William and Mary (Jackson) Vestal. He taught for over six years in Nebraska and Indiana. On September 15, 1895, he married Madge Horn with whom he had two children, Vivian and Ralph. In 1896, Vestal graduated from Valparaiso University, was admitted to the bar, and began practicing in Frankton, Indiana. After a short time in the office of Wood and Ellis, he formed his own partnership with James M. Farlow. His wife died on August 5, 1899. Vestal was remarried to Hulda Maude Malone on January 8, 1903.

From 1900 to 1906, Vestal was prosecuting attorney of the 50th judicial circuit. After leaving this office, he practiced in Anderson, Indiana, at the firm Vestal and Van Nuys. He ran for U.S. Congress in 1908 and 1914 and was defeated in both races. He was finally elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1916 and served in the next eight Congresses (1917-1932). Vestal served as the majority whip from 1923 to 1932. He died on April 1, 1932, in Washington, D.C.


Brandon, Rodney H. Who is Who in Anderson. Anderson, IN: 1908.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Prominent and Representative Men of Indianapolis and Vicinity Containing Biographical Sketches of Business and Professional Men and of Many of the Early Settled Families. Chicago: J. H. Beers and Company, 1908.

United States Congress. "Vestal, Albert Henry." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed April 13, 2006.


1.3 Cubic Feet (4 manuscript boxes)

Language of Materials



The collection is organized by document type and subject. All of the folders are arranged alphabetically by title.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as 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:

L384 Maude Vestal papers, 1920-1940

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Christina Baich. EAD finding aid created 2017/06/20 by Bethany Fiechter.
Albert H. Vestal collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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