Joshua R. Giddings
1799 – 1870
1 mss box, 10 folders
Manuscript & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Brent Abercrombie, February 2011
Joshua Reed Giddings was born in Tioga Point (later Athens), Bradford County, Pennsylvania, October 6, 1795. Giddings moved with his parents to Canandaigua, New York, before eventually settling in Ashtabula County, Ohio in 1806. Giddings served during the War of 1812, after which he embarked on a career studying law. By February 1821, Giddings passed the bar and began practicing law in Jefferson, Ohio. Giddings began his career in politics in 1826, being elected to the State House of Representatives in Ohio, serving one term. In 1838, Giddings was elected, as a Whig, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Elisha Whittlesey, serving as U.S. Representative from Ohio until 1859. During his time in office, Giddings changed political parties three times: from Whig, to Free Soil party, and eventually a Republican. Giddings was strongly opposed to slavery, and was active in the Underground Railroad and worked to stop the expansion of slavery. Following his time as a U.S. Representative, Giddings was appointed consul general to the British North American Provinces by President Abraham Lincoln on March 25, 1861, serving until his death, May 27, 1864.
Stewart, James Brewer. Joshua R. Giddings and the Tactics of Radical Politics. Cleveland: Press of Case Western Reserve University, 1970.
Scope and Content Note:
The collection consists primarily of memoirs of Joshua R. Giddings. Also included are family correspondence (mainly between father and daughter Laura Giddings), journal entries by the elder Giddings, diaries of Laura, photographs, and a biography of Giddings by his daughter.
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1. Correspondence 1799 – 1870
2. Speeches and News clippings
3. Journal Entries 1852 – 1868
4. Diaries 1870 and no date
5. Biography and Memoirs of Giddings: part 1
6. Memoirs of Giddings: part 2
7. Memoirs of Giddings: part 3
8. Memoirs of Giddings: part 4
9. Memoirs of Giddings: part 5
10. Family Photographs (carte de visites)
Size of Collection: 1 mss box, 10 folders
Collection Dates: 1799 – 1870
Provenance: Grace Julian Clarke, date unknown
Access : The collection is open for research use
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: L81, George Washington Julian; L33 Grace Julian Clarke