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William B. Tuell papers

Identifier: L466

Scope and Contents

This collection includes receipts, deeds, checks, bank drafts, mortgage papers, correspondence, daybooks, ledgers, blotters, accounts receivable and other papers from William B. Tuell and others in Terre Haute, Indiana and elsewhere ranging from 1822 to 1901 regarding dry goods store operation and disposal of Tuell's estate.


  • 1822-1901


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

William B. Tuell was born August 15, 1825 in Indiana; his mother was Lucinda B. Tuell. He married (Marian) Catharine Topping in Greene County, Indiana on August 20, 1850 and they had three children: William M., Marion D., and Margret D.

When he was 18, Tuell decided to move to Lafayette, Indiana and was persuaded to change his destination to Terre Haute, Indiana. He clerked for several years, then bought out his employer, G. W. Langworthy, becoming a businessman. Tuell was a partner with his brother-in-law, Col. Topping, who was killed in the U.S. Civil War. He was a partner with M.D. Topping and Company, lumber merchants, until 1873. Tuell also was a merchant in partnership with John P. Usher in Terre Haute, Vigo County, Indiana in the mid 1800s. They dissolved the partnership June 3, 1863. Tuell later became a partner in Tuell, Ripley and Deming, wholesale dealers in foreign and domestic dry goods. He owned a share in the Terre Haute Hotel Company from approximately 1866 to 1873. Tuell was also was the president of the Terre Haute Street Railway Company, incorporated in 1866. In 1878, he and two others bought the Terre Haute and Cincinnati (Southeastern) railroad, buying the other two out and extending the line to Washington, Indiana.

Tuell died December 2, 1883 and was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Terre Haute, Indiana. After his wife died on April 12, 1900, he was reinterred by her side at the Highland Lawn Cemetery, Terre Haute, Indiana.


Items within the collection.

Beckwith, H. W. History of Vigo and Parke Counties. Chicago: H. H. Hill and N. Iddings, Publishers, 1880.

"Marian C. Tuell." Terre Haute Evening Gazette, March 16, 1900.

Oakley, C. C. Greater Terre Haute and Vigo County. Chicago, New York: Lewis Public Co., 1908. "William B. Tuell." 1850 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 18, 2015. "William B. Tuell." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 18, 2015. "W. B. Tuell." 1880 United States Federal Census. Accessed May 18, 2015. "William B. Tuell." Indiana Marriages to 1850. Accessed May 18, 2015. "William B. Tuell." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 18, 2015.


6 Cubic Feet (5 manuscript boxes, 1 cubic foot box, 2 medium oversize boxes, 6 clamshell boxes)

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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.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 1999/08/18 by Amy L. Baskette. EAD finding aid created 2015/05/20 by Edythe Huffman.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.