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David Macy ledger

 Collection — Volume: V075
Identifier: V075

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an oversize ledger used by David Macy from 1849 to 1856. The ledger contains a double-entry system of bookkeeping, with debits and corresponding credit entries for accounts with individuals and companies.


  • 1849-1856


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

The Honorable David Macy was born December 25, 1810 in Randolph County, North Carolina to Albert and Nancy (Wall) Macy. He moved with his family to Randolph County, Indiana when he was about ten years old and helped work the family farm. When he was about eighteen, Macy bagan working with his brother Hiram in the millwright trade. After a few years, he began studying law in Centerville and passed the bar in 1832. His first law practice was in New Castle and in 1835, Macy was elected to the Indiana House of Representives on a platform calling for internal improvements regarding highways, canals and railroads. He represented Henry County in the legislature from 1835 to 1838. In 1840, Macy moved to Lawrenceburg in Dearborn County where he continued to practice law, was twice elected mayor, and represented the county in the General Assembly in 1843 and 1844 before moving to Indianapolis in 1852. Besides law, he also owned several business interests, including a hotel, a produce forwarding and commission merchant company, and a pork house and slaughtering establishment. Macy later served as president of the Peru and Chicago Railroad and as president of the Merchants National Bank. He married Mary Ann Patterson in 1837 and they had one daughter, Caroline Ann Macy Malott. Mr. Macy died at the age of 81 on May 29, 1892.


"David Macy and Co. Produce, Forwarding and Commission Merchants." Cambridge City Reveille (Ind.), February 10, 1849.

"Death of Hon. David Macy." Indianapolis Journal (Ind.), May 30, 1892. "David Macy." Find a Grave Memorial no. 5643778. Accessed December 14, 2020.

Indiana Legislator Database. "David Macy." Indiana Legislator Biographies. Accessed December 14, 2020.!/legislator/2019/David-Macy.

"Pork." Indiana State Sentinel, December 16, 1852.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 volume)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one account book.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from the Indiana Book Store on 1970/10/01.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2020/12/14 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.