Bigelow, John, 1817-1911

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John Bigelow was born in Malden-on-Hudson, New York. He was admitted to the bar in 1838. From 1849 to 1861, he was one of the editors and co-owners of the New York Evening Post. He was active in the Republican Party and in 1860, President Abraham Lincoln appointed him American Consul in Paris in 1861 and later served as American ambassador to France.

After the Civil War's conclusion, he returned to New York, where he assisted Samuel J. Tilden in opposing the corruption that flourished in New York City under William Magear Tweed. He was subsequently elected Secretary of State of New York, a position he held until 1876. When the Democrats nominated Tilden for President in 1876, he served as Tilden's campaign manager, and in that capacity advised Tilden in the famous dispute over the result of the presidential election. Bigelow helped establish the New York Public Library and served as its first president from May 27, 1895 until his death on December 19, 1911.

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referencedIn Letters from various correspondents, 1854-1897. Houghton Library
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creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. John Bigelow correspondence, 1865-1910. Library of Congress
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Letter, 1887 Dec. 10. University of New Mexico-Main Campus
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creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Letters, 1866. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
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referencedIn Paul Leicester Ford papers, 1869-1902, 1885-1895 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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creatorOf John Bigelow letters, 1847-1899 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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referencedIn American Philosophical Society Archives. Record Group IIg, 1887-1891 American Philosophical Society
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Note, [ca. 1886]. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
referencedIn Charlotte Cushman Papers, 1823-1941, (bulk 1861-1875) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Letter, 1867. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
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creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Letter to Norman B. Judd. Paris, France. 1865 June 17. University of Iowa Libraries
referencedIn Henry and Mary Anna Palmer Draper papers, 1859-1914, 1869-1914 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Hay, John, 1838-1905. Correspondence, 1854-1914, "Bickford" to "Brassey". Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
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referencedIn Blair, Frank P. (Frank Preston), 1821-1875. Francis Preston Blair letter, 1866 July 15. Louisiana State University, LSU Libraries
creatorOf Bigelow family. Bigelow family papers, ca. 1843-1950, bulk (1870-1920). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn L.V.F. Randolph papers, 1895-1919 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Letter, 1902, January 12, Gramercy Park [N.Y.], to Paul Dana. Brown University Archives, John Hay Library
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creatorOf John Bigelow papers, 1839-1912 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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referencedIn Papers, 1775-1782. Houghton Library
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referencedIn White, Richard Grant, 1821-1885. Papers of Richard Grant White, 1842-1884. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Letter : Paris, [France], to Monsieur Delestre, 1865 May 5. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
referencedIn Thayer, William Sydney, 1830-1864. William Sydney Thayer papers, 1835-1901 (bulk 1835-1895). Library of Congress
referencedIn Vol. XXV (ff. 226). 1862-1865.includes:ff. 1, 7 William Schaw Lindsay, shipowner: Letters to R. Cobden: 1854-1862.f. 3 F. M. Duvault-Blochet, wine merchant, of Santenay, France: Letter to R. Cobden: 1862.: Fr.ff. 9, 15 George Robert Gleig, Cha..., 1862-1865 British Library
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referencedIn Century Company records, 1870-1924 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. John Bigelow papers, 1839-1912. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
creatorOf Gregg, Josiah, 1806-1850. ALS to John Bigelow, Pittsburgh. Newberry Library
referencedIn Francis James Child papers, 1842-1925. Houghton Library
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referencedIn Vol. XXIV (ff. 198). 1860-1861.includes:ff. 5-134 passim John Russell, 1st Earl Russell; Prime Minister: Correspondence with R. Cobden: 1852-1861.ff. 8, 47 Charles Gilpin, MP: Correspondence with R. Cobden: 1851-1860.ff. 10, 180 George William..., 1860-1861 British Library
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referencedIn Alexander Clarence Flick papers, ca. 1830-1938, 1928-1938 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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referencedIn Poultney Bigelow papers, 1855-1954 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. John Bigelow letter to Samuel P. Avery, 1896. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Vol. CXC (ff. 485). May, June, 1866.includes:ff. 1-449 passim Sir John Arthur Douglas Bloomfield, GCB; diplomatist: Letters to Sir A. H. Layard: 1862-1866. ff. 4, 541, 227, 334 Sir John Arthur Douglas Bloomfield, GCB; diplomatist: Letters to, from S... British Library
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referencedIn William Sydney Thayer Papers, 1835-1901, (bulk 1835-1895) Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
creatorOf John Bigelow Letter, December 10, 1887 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1854-1936. John Bigelow papers, 1492-1936 (bulk 1866-1936). Library of Congress
creatorOf Ford, Worthington Chauncey, 1858-1941. Worthington Chauncey Ford papers, 1858-1938, bulk (1880-1925). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. Letter [1888] Jul. 26, Reigate, England, to Henry Vignaud [n.p.] University of Michigan
creatorOf Fisher, Warren, d. 1896. Papers, 1850-1875. Massachusetts Historical Society
referencedIn Harvard University Archives Photograph Collection: Portraits, ca. 1852-ca. 2004 Harvard University Archives.
referencedIn Mayer, Brantz, 1809-1879. Brantz Mayer letters to Charles Mayer and John Bigelow, 1862, undated. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Childs, George William, 1829-1894. George William Childs papers [manuscript], 1882-1892. University of Virginia. Library
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referencedIn Evarts family papers, 1753-1960 (bulk 1798-1901) Yale University. Department of Manuscripts and Archives
creatorOf Bigelow, John, 1817-1911. John Bigelow letter to My dear sir, 1862 Nov. 22. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Gregg, Josiah, 1806-1850. Letters, 1844-1848. Indiana University
creatorOf John Bigelow correspondence, 1888-1906, 1888-1906 American Philosophical Society
referencedIn Ulysses S. Grant letters and documents, 1867-1915 New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
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creatorOf Vignaud, Henry, 1830-1922. Henry Vignaud papers, 1842-1912. University of Michigan
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referencedIn New York MPS Squirrels, The United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Message of President Andrew Johnson nominating John Bigelow to be Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Penipotentiary of the United States to France United States. National Archives and Records Administration
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Place Name Admin Code Country
Malden-on-Hudson NY US
Saugerties NY US
New York NY US
Subject
Shipbuilding--France
Presidential candidates--United States
Journalism--New York (State)--New York
Navigation
Prisons
Shipbuilding--England
Exhibitions--Belgium--Brussels
Awards
Sculpture, Modern
Statesmen--Correspondence
Shipbuilding
Journalism
Diplomatic and consular service, American
Presidential candidates
Warships--Confederate States of America
Prisons--New York (State)
Exhibitions
Warships
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 - Portraits
Awards--France
Panama Canal
Diplomatic and consular service, American--France
Navigation--Europe
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Authors
Diplomats
Lawyers
Statesmen
Journalists
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Birth 1817-11-25

Death 1911-12-19

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