English, William Hayden, 1822-1896

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Birth 1822-08-27
Death 1896-02-07

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Representative from Indiana.

From the description of Autograph letter signed : Committee Room [Washington, D.C.], to J.S. Black, Attorney General, 1858 Mar. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270614464

Congressman from Indiana, 1852-1860.

From the description of Collection, 1762-1895 (inclusive). (University of Chicago Library). WorldCat record id: 52246319

William Hayden English (1822-1896) was born in Lexington, Scott County, Ind., to Elisha G. and Mahlia Eastin English. He studied law and was admitted to the Bar in 1840. He began a career in politics that year as a delegate to the Democratic State Convention in Indianapolis. In 1850-51 he was principal secretary of the Indiana Constitutional Convention and served as a legislator in 1851-52. He served several terms in the national House of Representatives, beginning in 1852. English's career as a banker began in the early 1860s, during which time he helped found the First National Bank (Indianapolis). He also held a controlling interest in the Citizens' Street Railway Company and owned extensive tracts of real estate in Indianapolis. English's personal interests included the theater and history. William Eastin English (1850-1926), William Hayden English's son, was born near Lexington in Scott County, Ind. He graduated in law from Northwestern Christian University (now Butler University, Indianapolis) and entered politics in 1877. English was elected to congress in 1882 and served one term. He managed the English Theatre (Indianapolis) through the 1880s and re-entered national politics in 1892. He married Helen Orr Tufnell in 1898 and the union produced one child, Rosalind Orr English (1903-1924). English joined the state republican party in 1900 and served four terms as a senator.

From the description of Family papers, 1741-1928. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 50924122


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