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Oliver P. Morton clippings, speeches, and memorial documents

 Collection — Folder: OB005-14
Identifier: OB005-14


  • 1872

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

Oliver P. Morton was born August 4, 1823 in Salisbury, Wayne County, Indiana. He was apprenticed to a hatter and worked in that career for four years before attending Wayne County Seminary and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Morton Studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1847. He began his law practice in Centerville, Indiana. He was elected judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Indiana in 1852. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Indiana in 1856 but was elected lieutenant governor under Henry S. Lane in 1860. He became governor in 1861 upon Lane’s election to the U.S. Senate. He served as governor until 1867 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. While in the Senate Morton served on the Committee on Manufactures, Committee on Agriculture, and the Committee on Privileges and Elections. He was appointed to the Electoral Commission of 1877 to decide contests in various states during the presidential election of 1876. Oliver P. Morton died on November 1, 1877 in Indianapolis and is interred at Crown Hill Cemetery.


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0.01 Cubic Feet (1 oversize folder)


This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the American Autograph Shop, November 21, 1938; Elizabeth Brayton, July 1, 1939; John Brayton, August 13, 1943; Baker Conway, October 1, 1968; Robert Jacques, October 18, 1976; George W. Franz, January 20, 1983, Indianapolis Public Library, February 2017.


No further additions are expected.

Item Listing

1872 Aug. 5 Extractions by R.R. Barrow;

1872 Sept. 2 Speech by Gen. Sheldon;

1872 Sept. 29 R.R. Barrow’s letter to Chas. O’Conor;

1872 Oct. 24 Speech by Col. Geo. Williamson;

1872 Oct. 24 Copy from the Houna Terrebonne Banner.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed by Barbara Hilderbrand during February 2007. Finding aid revised by Laura Eliason on 2015/11/04. Finding aid revised by Lauren Patton on 2016/03/17. EAD finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2018/05/30.
Oliver P. Morton clippings, speeches, and memorial documents
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Repository Details

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