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Isaac Pusey Gray portrait

 Collection — Folder: OBC177
Identifier: OBC177

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a portrait print of Isaac Pusey Gray from around the 1880s.


  • circa 1880

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

"Isaac Gray was born in Pennsylvania in 1828 into a poor Quaker family. He was educated in common schools and settled in Union City, Indiana, as a dry goods merchant when he was twenty-seven years old. He served as a colonel in several regiments in the Union army during the Civil War and was a Republican candidate for Congress in 1866, losing the nomination to George W. Julian.

'Gray was a state senator (1868-1870), then shifted parties-first to the Liberal Republican, then to the Democratic-and was elected lieutenant governor as a Democrat in 1876, serving a few months of Governor Williams' term when the governor died in office. Gray was elected governor in his own right in 1884. Forceful and ambitious, Gray was a willing candidate for either the Democratic presidential or vice-presidential nomination in 1892, losing the first to Grover Cleveland and the second to Adlai Stevenson. He was appointed minister to Mexico in 1893.

"Historian Jacob P. Dunn reports that Gray played an important role in Indiana's ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the Constitution. According to Dunn, as Republican president pro tempore of the state senate in May 1869, Gray simply locked the door of the senate chambers and declared that a quorum was present for the vote, over the protests of Democratic members who insisted that they had already resigned their offices to prevent a quorum. This act by Gray as a Republican, Dunn suggests, essentially denied him the vice-presidency as a Democrat in 1892."

Excerpt from: State of Indiana. "Isaac Pucey Gray." Accessed November 4, 2021.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 large oversize folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/11/04 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid created 2021/11/04 by Lauren Patton.
Isaac Pusey Gray portrait
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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