Colfax, Schuyler, 1823-1885

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Dates:
Birth 1823-03-23
Death 1885-01-13

Biographical notes:

Congressman from Indiana; Vice President of the United States, 1869-1873.

From the description of Letter : Washington, D.C., to Henry G. Hill, New York, 1864 Mar. 23. (Bryn Mawr College). WorldCat record id: 28900958

South Bend, Indiana, newspaper publisher, 1845-1863; Indiana representative, 1855-1869; speaker, House of Representatives, 1863-1869; U.S. vice president, 1869-1873.

From the description of Letter : Washington, D.C., to E.F. Chapman, 1867 Feb. 23. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 28447903

From the description of Speech and reminiscence, ca. 1875, n.d. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 28447897

From the description of Letters, 1863, 1866. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 28447894

Vice-President, U.S.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : [n.p.], to J.M. Dalzell, 1868 Mar. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270525311

From the description of Autograph letters signed (3) : Washington and South Bend, to Horace Greeley, 1864 Dec. 13-1872 Nov. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270533119

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, D.C., to william Pitt Fessenden, 1868 Dec. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270530920

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Washington, D.C., to an unidentified recipient in Baltimore, 1864 Apr. 17. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270530923

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Lynn, Massachusetts, to an unidentified recipient, 1866 Nov. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270524086

Member of Congress and Vice-president of United States.

From the description of Papers, 1864-1883. (Washington State University). WorldCat record id: 29852501

U.S. vice president and U.S. representative and newspaper editor of Indiana.

From the description of Schuyler Colfax correspondence and speeches, 1837-1882. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70981117

Journalist; helped found the Republican Party, 1854; member of the U.S. House of Representatives, 1854-1869; Speaker of the House, 1863-1869; Vice President of the United States, 1869-1873.

From the description of Across the continent by overland stage in 1865, 1865. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145434934

From the description of Across the continent by overland stage in 1865, 1865 [electronic resource]. (Brigham Young University). WorldCat record id: 51596291

Epithet: US Vice-President

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000815.0x000258

American politican who served as vice-president of the United States.

From the description of Letters, 1871-1873. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122551205

American politician and vice president of the United States.

From the description of Letters, 1878. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 145436038

U.S. Vice-President.

From the description of Papers, 1866-1868. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 36854605

American politician who served as vice-president of the United States.

From the guide to the Schuyler Colfax letters, 1871-1873, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Colfax moved to South Bend, Ind. from New York City with his family in 1836. He was active in local politics and newspaper publishing. Colfax served seven terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, his last three as Speaker. In 1865 he traveled across the continent and returned to lecture on his impressions. Colfax served as vice president under Ulysses S. Grant, but lost the 1872 nomination. That same year he was accused of participating in the Credit Mobilier scandal. His political career at an end, Colfax spent the rest of his life as a popular lecturer.

From the description of Papers, 1843-1884. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 28717657

Biographical Note

  • 1823, Mar. 23: Born, New York, N.Y.
  • 1836: Moved with family to Indiana
  • 1844: Married Evelyn Clark (died 1863) Purchased an interest in the South Bend, Ind., Free Press, changed its name to the St. Joseph Valley Register, and made it the Whig organ of northern Indiana
  • 1855 - 1869 : Member, House of Representatives
  • 1868: Married Ellen W. Wade
  • 1869 - 1873 : Vice president of the United States
  • 1873: Implicated in the Credit Mobilier of American scandal
  • 1873 - 1885 : Public lecturer
  • 1855, Jan. 13: Died, Mankato, Minn.

From the guide to the Schuyler Colfax Correspondence and Speeches, 1837-1882, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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