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John C. New collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: L717

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a certificate from Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland to Benjamin Harrison, the President of the United States and John C. New dated May 27, 1889. There are also appointment certificates for John C. New to various posts in the United States government, including the U.S. Treasury and as general consul to England, dated 1875 to 1889 (OBC045).


  • 1875-1889


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

John Chalfant New was born in Vernon, Jennings County, Indiana on July 6, 1831 to John Bowman New and Mariah (Chalfant) New. He was the grandson of Jethro New. New studied law at Bethany College in Virginia and graduated in 1851. He married Melissa Beeler in 1854 and had one son, Harry Stewart New. After the death of his first wife death in 1867, New married Elizabeth R. McRae with whom he had 2 children.

New was a banker, publisher, and lawyer. He was elected to the Indiana Senate in 1863 to complete the term of Horatio Cooley Newcomb and held many other political offices. Some of these offices include: United States treasurer (1875-1876); first assistant secretary, United States Department of the Treasury (1882-1883); United States consul general in London, England, (1889-1893); and Republican State Chairman (1880, 1882). New was also active socially and was a member of several fraternal organizations. John C. New passed away June 4, 1906, in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Biographical History of Eminent and Self-Made Men of the State of Indiana, vol. 2. Cincinnati, OH: Western Biographical Publishing Company, 1880.

Dunn, Jacob Piatt, ed. Indiana and Indianans, vol. 1. Ohio: The American Historical Society, 1919.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, vol. 1. Indiana: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1980.


0.66 Cubic Feet (1 large oversize box, 1 large oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection includes one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a 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:

OBC045: John C. New oversize collection

S1011: Elizabeth R. McRae New letter

Processing Information

Oversize collection processed and EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/19 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2021/10/20 by Brittany Kropf.
John C. New, Counsel General in London certificate
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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