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Caleb Blood Smith burial collection

 Collection — Folder: S3283
Identifier: S3283

Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of 1936 correspondence from the Connersville Public Library regarding the resting place of Caleb Blood Smith and an image of his suspected burial site. There are also maps and diagrams from Crown Hill Cemetery regarding the mausoleum there.


  • 2019

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Literary rights, including copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts. The publisher must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Caleb Blood Smith was born on April 16, 1808, in Boston, Massachusetts. His family moved to Ohio in 1814. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio in 1827 and was admitted to the bar in 1828. Smith began practicing law in Connersville, Indiana, where he also founded and edited the Indiana Sentinel in 1832. He married Elizabeth B. Watton in 1831, with whom he had three children. Smith served as a State Representative (1833-1837, 1840-1841); U.S. Representative (1843-1849); Mexican claims commissioner (1849-1851); and delegate to the Peace Commission in 1861. He was appointed Secretary of the Interior by President Lincoln and held that office from March 5, 1861 to January 1, 1863. Smith resigned the post to become U.S. District judge for the District of Indiana. He continued in this position until his death on January 7, 1864, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Despite controversy over his final resting place, he is likely buried in the City Cemetery in Connersville, Indiana.


Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. 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, 1980. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. Accessed November, 2005.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Nikki Schofield on 2019/10/16.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2019/10/28 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2019/10/28 by Lauren Patton.
Caleb Blood Smith burial collection
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Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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