Papers, 1797-1905.

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Thornton, William F. (William Fitzhugh), 1789-1873. Papers, 1797-1905.

Papers, 1797-1905.

Letters, financial papers, deeds, legal documents, bills and receipts, notes, invitations, maps and news clippings. Letters to Thornton regarding his service in the military, business of the Illinois Michigan canal, politics and his property and banking business include letters from Governor Joseph Duncan, John A. McClernand, Orlando Ficklin, Charles Lanphier, Edward B. Talcott, John Fry and Judge Anthony Thornton. Two letters Thornton wrote to his wife, one on returning from England discussing his activities there and another from Chicago where he discusses the amount of sickness and death among the canal workers. An 1836 letter from Henry Clay about a bull Thornton had bought. An 1866 letter from J.P. Vaughn from France discusses the arrangements for "hiding T." there during his "temporary banishment" also gives vivid description of his trip through Italy. Family letters include many from relatives in Kentucky and Virginia including the Holloway, McClanahan, Wedderburn, Bayse and Clay families that discuss relatives, family news, travels, politics and business. Many letters to Ann and the Thornton daughters letters. Numerous deeds to property, promissory notes to Thornton, tax information on his bank and some legal documents. Notes for political speeches, probably written by Thornton. Copies of speeches by Thornton, Stephen Douglas and others. Newsclippings on politics.

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Thornton, William F. (William Fitzhugh), 1789-1873.

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Holloway family.

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Illinois and Michigan Canal (Ill.)

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Illinois branch of U.S Democratic Party. From the description of Speech notes, 1860 July 25. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 34608028 ...

Clay, Henry, 1777-1852

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Congressman, U.S. senator, and secretary of state. From the description of Papers 1812-1849. (Indiana University). WorldCat record id: 704551603 Henry Clay was born in Hanover Co., Va. in 1777 and died in 1852. He served as United States Secretary of State under John Quincy Adams (1825-1829) and was elected to the Senate in 1831. John Randolph (1773-1831) was an American statesman known as John Randolph of Roanoke. He was born in Prince George Co., Va. Randolph's fiery denun...

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McClernand, John A. (John Alexander), 1812-1900

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Clay family.

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Duncan, Joseph, 1794-1844

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From Jacksonville, Illinois, sixth governor of the state, had previously served in the War of 1812, the Black Hawk War, the state legislature, and U.S. Congress. Born in Paris, Kentucky, came to Illinois, where his brother Matthew was the publisher of the Kaskaskia "Herald", after the War of 1812. He married Elizabeth Caldwell Smith in 1828 and the couple moved to Jacksonville, Ill. Duncan had been quite wealthy, but due to financial problems within the state and a corrupt relative, he died leav...

Ficklin, Orlando B. (Orlando Bell), 1808-1886

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