Ira J. Chase Papers
Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library
Processed by: Jamie Dunn, June 2013
Ira Joy Chase was born December 7, 1834, in Monroe County, New York, to Benjamin and Lucinda [Lorinda?] Chase. The Chase family moved from New York to Illinois before settling in northern Indiana. Chase married Rhoda [maiden name unknown] between 1860 and 1870. A schoolteacher and minister, Chase served as chaplain of the Indiana G.A.R. during the Civil War. In 1888, he was elected lieutenant governor of Indiana, and became governor upon the death of Governor Alvin P. Hovey on November 23, 1891. Chase ran for governor in 1893, but was unsuccessful. He died May 11, 1895.
Information found within collection
“Indiana Governor Ira J. Chase.” National Governors Association. Accessed July 3, 2013. http://www.nga.org/cms/home/governors/past-governors-bios/page_indiana/col2-content/main-content-list/title_chase_ira.html.
“Indiana Governor Ira Joy Chase.” Indiana Historical Bureau. Accessed July 3, 2013. http://www.in.gov/history/2729.htm.
“Ira J. Chase grave.” Find a Grave. Accessed June 26, 2013. www.ancestrylibrary.com.
National Archives and Records Administration. “1850, 1860, 1870, 1880 U.S. Census.” Ancestry. Accessed June 26, 2013. www.ancestrylibrary.com.
This collection contains documents primarily from Chase’s tenure as governor of Indiana. Most of the collection pertains to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition (Chicago World’s Fair), particularly the dedication ceremonies in late 1892. The collection also contains several items of correspondence.
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Folder and Item Listing:
9-24-1894 Letter to Chase from Charles Dick
10-4-1894 Letter to Chase from C. H. Grosvenor
No date Letter to Chase from Susan G. Cooke
10-21-1892 Resolution from the Board of Lady Managers of the World’s Columbian Commission, with envelope
1892 Personal invitation for Chase to the World’s Columbian Exposition
No date Explanation of the “Cable Alphabet”
1892 Entry ticket to the Dedication Ceremonies of the World’s Columbian Exposition
No date Blank envelope
No date Souvenir cablegram with envelope
11-10-1894 Copy of letter to Chase from John K. Gowdy
11-23-1894 Letter to Chase from James E. Watson
5-16-1895 Condolence letter to Mrs. Chase from Mary Dresser with envelope
Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1892-1895
Provenance: Mrs. Horace G. Murphy, September 22, 1933
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 Manuscripts and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
MA BA 8-2-2013