David Davis papers, 1815-1964 (bulk 1815-1886).

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Davis, David, 1815-1886. David Davis papers, 1815-1964 (bulk 1815-1886).

David Davis papers, 1815-1964 (bulk 1815-1886).

Primarily copies of correspondence, legal documents, speeches, pamphlets, and newsclippings relating to Davis family matters or to Davis's career as a lawyer; a judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, 1848-1862; Abraham Lincoln's campaign manager; Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, 1862-1877; and U.S. Senator, 1877-1883. Most materials were collected by Willard L. King while writing a biography of Davis. Also present are a few original Davis items plus correspondence, prepublication manuscript, and reviews relating to King's book, 1950s-1964. Topics of the Davis materials include social and economic conditions in Illinois; life in Bloomington, Ill., and family affairs; political parties, especially the Whig and Republican parties, nationally and in Illinois; presidential campaigns and elections (1856-1876); Mormons in Illinois; the Mexican War; Davis's circuit-riding relationship with Lincoln, his riding partner; the antislavery movement; the rivalry between Norman B. Judd and John Wentworth; the Lincoln-Douglas debates; newspaper activities in Missouri and Chicago during the 1860s; the Civil War and particularly Missouri during the war; Davis as the administrator of Lincoln's estate; and the selection of a successor to Chief Justice Chase. Correspondents include Davis's wife Sarah Walker Davis and his son George Perrin Davis, Orville Browning, Ambrose E. Burnside, Simon Cameron, Aaron Lucius Chapin, Salmon P. Chase, Henry Clay, Grover Cleveland, Henry Winter Davis, Theophilus Lyle Dickey, Stephen A. Douglas, Ninian Edwards, Jesse W. Fell, John C. Fremont, James A. Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, John J. Hardin, James Harlan, Ozias M. Hatch, Rutherford B. Hayes, John F. Henry, William H. Herndon, Joseph Holt, Robert G. Ingersoll, Norman B. Judd, Ward Hill Lamon, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Robert Todd Lincoln, Thomas Lincoln, Stephen T. Logan, J.E. McClure, Joseph Medill, Lambdin P. Milligan, Richard J. Oglesby, William W. Orme, Ebenezer Peck, Julius Rockwell, Winfield Scott, William H. Seward, Caleb Smith, Edwin M. Stanton, John T. Stuart, Noah H. Swayne, Leonard Swett, Samuel J. Tilden, Samuel H. Treat, Lyman Trumbull, John P. Usher, Clement L. Vallandigham, Elihu B. Washburne, Thurlow Weed, Gideon Welles, John Wentworth, Horace White, Henry Clay Whitney, and Richard Yates. Correspondence about an autobiography by Davis is filed in box 1, but a copy of the autobiography is not present. This autobiography was owned by J. Grant Burke of Washington, D.C. ca. 1975.

1 oversize folder.

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Swett, Leonard, 1825-1889

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Leonard Herbert Swett, son of Leonard Swett and Laura Quigg, was born in 1858 in Bloomington, Illinois and traveled extensively in the American West as a surveyor with the United States Geological Survey. He married Rose Maria Skillings (1864-1914) in 1889 and they had at least one child, Laura Rose Swett, born in 1897. From the guide to the Leonard H. Swett papers, 1867-1934, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library) Leonard Swett (1825-1889), active in Illinois politics ...

Davis, Henry Winter, 1817-1865

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Henry Winter Davis (1817-1865) was an American statesman and orator and U.S. Representative from Maryland (1856-1865). From the description of Henry Winter Davis letters, 1852-1866. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 70271313 Henry Winter Davis was a U.S. Representative from Maryland. From the description of Henry Winter Davis papers, 1863-1866. (New-York Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 708221414 H.W. Davis was an American...

Republican Party (U.S. : 1854- )

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The Republican Party is a national political party in the United States, and was founded in 1854. In the 1864 election, the party took the name National Union Party to allow the participation of Democrats. From the description of Republican Party tickets, 1864. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 496362231 From the guide to the Republican Party tickets, 1864, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections) ...

Treat, Samuel Hubbel, 1811-1887

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice, 1841-1855. U.S. District Court Judge, Southern District Illinois, 1855-1887. Died after 48 years of continuous judicial service. From the description of Papers, 1842-1874. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 55941358 ...

Davis, Sarah, 1844-1879.

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Lamon, Ward Hill, 1828-1893

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Ward Hill Lamon, a close friend and a biographer of Abraham Lincoln. A native of Virginia, he moved to Illinois in 1847. He became Lincoln's law partner, and in the 1850's worked for his political career. In 1861, Lamon accompanied Lincoln to Washington. In the same year he was appointed Marshal of the District of Columbia. After Lincoln's assassination, Lamon practiced law in a partnership with Jeremiah S. Black. Black's son, Chauncey F. Black ghostwrote Lamon's Life of Abraham Lincoln (1872). ...

Lincoln, Robert Todd, 1843-1926

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American lawyer and statesman. From the description of Letter signed : War Department, Washington City, to the Attorney General, 1883 Feb. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270593081 From the description of Letter signed : War Department, Washington City, to the Attorney General, 1882 May 2. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270593085 From the description of Letter signed : War Department, Washington City, to the Attorney General [Benjamin H. Brewster], 1881 Dec. 10. (...

Henry, John F., 1847-1879.

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Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873

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Lawyer. From the description of Letter, 1845 March 4, Cincinnati, [Ohio], to Robert F. Paine, Columbus, O[hio]. (University of Toledo). WorldCat record id: 13541605 Salmon P. Chase served as the Secretary of the Treasury from 1861 to 1864. He oversaw the creation of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (1862) and implemented the introduction of the income tax and the national currency. From the description of Letter press book of the Secretary of the Treasury. 1863, Ju...

Smith, Caleb B. (Caleb Blood), 1808-1864

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Lawyer, statesman, jurist, and U.S. representative from Indiana. From the description of Papers of Caleb B. Smith, 1841-1862 (bulk 1849). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71066453 Lawyer, politician, and judge. Smith came to Indiana in 1834. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives, the United States House of Representatives, as Secretary of the Interior under Lincoln, and U.S. Court Judge for Indiana. From the description of Papers, 1849-1862. (Indiana Hi...

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...