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Caleb Denny Collection
L 371
1885-1926
1 ms box

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

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Processed by: Jennifer Duplaga, August 2004

Biographical Note:

Caleb Denny was born in 1850 in Monroe County, Indiana as the youngest of eleven children to James and Harriet Denny.  As a child, he worked beside his father on the farm.  Denny moved to Indianapolis when he was twenty years old, and worked as the Assistant State Librarian, while attending law school.  Denny was admitted to the Marion County bar in 1872 and worked as a lawyer at a local law firm.  Two years later, in 1874, he married Carrie Lowe, with whom he would eventually have two children. 

In 1881, Denny was appointed the Indianapolis city attorney.  In 1885, he became mayor of Indianapolis under the Republican banner.  He was re-elected twice and ended his career as mayor in 1895.  A few years after his electoral defeat, Denny was appointed Marion County attorney, a post he held until 1908.  He also served as a trustee of the Indiana State Normal School, where he was president from 1919-18.  In 1924, he was appointed secretary of the State Board of Pardons, where he worked until his death in 1926. 

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains items related to the life and career of Caleb Denny.  The bulk of this collection is made up of newspaper clippings.  There is also a letter and a note signed by Denny, a concert program and a picture of George Edenharter, superintendent of Central State Hospital.  This collection also contains two scrapbooks, with newspaper clippings from 1885-1899 and 1893-1894.

Photocopying Policy:

Manuscript materials CANNOT be photocopied or digitized in their entirety. Photocopies and/or digital images cannot exceed 25% of a collection or a folder within a collection. In some cases, photocopying may not be permitted due to the condition of the item. Check with a Manuscript Librarian for other options.

Box and Folder Listing:

Box 1, Folder 1. Papers, 1891-1926

1891-1926 Newspaper Clippings
1893, Sept. 11 ALS to Caleb Denny from J. A. Ronthaler
1917, July 9 ANS Caleb Denny writing on William Denny
n.d. Music Teacher’s State Association Concert Program
n.d. Picture, George Edenharter

Green Scrapbook. Newspaper Clippings, 1885-1899

Brown Scrapbook. Newspaper Clippings, 1893-1894

Collection Information

Size of Collection: 1 mss box
Collection Dates: 1885-1926
Provenance: Mrs. Hiram McKee, Apr. 1987
Restrictions: None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Notes: None