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William Hendricks Letters and Abstracts of titles
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Christina Baich, February 2006
Revised by: Elizabeth M. Wilkinson, April 2007
William Hendricks was born on November 12, 1872, in Ligonier Valley, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Jefferson College in 1810, he taught school for two years. He studied law in Cincinnati, Ohio, and was admitted to the bar. In 1813, Hendricks moved to Madison, Indiana Territory, where he owned a printing press and became proprietor of the Western Eagle. He was elected to the territorial legislature in 1813 and 1814. He served as Secretary at Indiana’s 1816 Constitutional Convention. When Indiana became a state, Hendricks was elected to U.S. House of Representatives. He resigned during his fourth term to become Governor of Indiana. He held this post from 1822 until 1825 when he resigned to become a U.S. Senator. Hendricks served in the U.S. Senate from 1825 to 1837. After failing to win reelection, he returned to the practice of law in Madison, Indiana. Hendricks also served on the Board of Trustees for Indiana University (1829-1840). He died on May 16, 1850.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. 3 Feb. 2006. <http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=H000494>.
The majority of the collection consists of letters written by Hendricks. His primary correspondents were N. D. Gallion, a lawyer in Brookville, Indiana, and William Gallion. There are also letters from Hendricks to Presidents Jackson and Polk. Most of the letters appear to be of a personal nature.
1815 Apr. 29 Hendricks, William to unidentified recipient, ALS
1816 Feb. 12 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, ALS
1816 Dec. 21 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, ALS
1817 Feb. 12 Hendricks, William to unidentified recipient, ALS
1818 Mar. 7 Hendricks, William to William Gallion, ALS
1819 Feb. 15 Hendricks, William to unidentified recipient
1820 Jan. 20 Hendricks, William to William Gallion, ALS
1825 Dec. 13 Hendricks, William to Henry M. Moffit, copy of ALS, 2 p.
1826 Dec. 23 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, ALS
1828 Jan. 27 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, ALS
1830 Feb. 26 Hendricks, William to William Gallion, ALS
1830 July 16 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, ALS
1831 Jan. 31 Indiana men to President Andrew Jackson, copy of ALS, 3 p.
1831 Mar. 5 Hendricks, William to President Andrew Jackson, copy of ALS, 2 p.
1831 Mar. 28 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, ALS
1831 Mar. Address portion of letter to Hendricks
1831 Apr. 4 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, AN
1831 Apr. 12 Hendricks, William to N. D. Gallion, AN
1833 Feb. 4 Hendricks, William to Henry H. Talbott, ALS
1834 Jan. 31 Hendricks, William to Hon. Oliver H. Smith, ALS
1844 June 20 Hendricks, William to Hon. James K. Polk, copy of ALS, 3 p.
1844 Sept. 17 Hendricks, William to Hon. James K. Polk, copy of ALS, 4 p.
1845 Jan. 1 Hendricks, William to President-Elect James K. Polk, copy of ALS, 3 p.
1845 Jan. 8 Hendricks, William to President-Elect James K. Polk, copy of AN
circa 1850 Abstract of Titles booklet
Size of Collection:
1 folder (35 sheets, 1 abstract of title booklet)
Abstract of titles donated by Allan Hendricks, June 1916
Access: This collection is open for research.
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Language Materials are entirely in English
S47, Collection on William Hendricks portrait
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