James Mitchell Tucker

James M. Tucker Papers
L 233
1939-1940, bulk 1940
1 ms. box
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Christina Baich, November 2005


Biographical Note:

James Mitchell Tucker was born on April 21, 1908, in Salem, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University with an A.B. in 1930 and an LL.B. in 1932. Tucker practiced law in Salem from 1932 to 1938. From 1935 to 1938, he was also the attorney for Orange County. He was active in the Young Republicans of Indiana. At the time he was elected Indiana Secretary of State in 1939, he was the youngest Secretary of State ever elected in the United States. He served as Secretary until July 25, 1942 when he entered the U.S. Navy with the rank of Lieutenant. During World War II, Tucker fought in Italy until receiving a medical discharge on February 22, 1944. He reestablished a law practice in Paoli, Indiana, when he returned home. Tucker died on September 22, 1995.


Who’s Who and What’s What in Indiana Politics. Indianapolis: James E. Perry, pub., 1944.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection contains correspondence regarding requests for Mr. Tucker to appear as a speaker at various events and organizational meetings (1940) as well as bills, receipts, and correspondence with various creditors regarding bill payments (1939-1940). All documents are from Tucker’s term as Secretary of State. Some of the creditors are the Columbia Club, L.S. Ayres, Wm. H. Block Co., Citizens Gas and Coke Utility, Indianapolis Power & Light Co., and Indiana Bell Telephone Co.

The collection maintains the original order, which is primarily chronological with correspondence regarding each speaking request and each creditor grouped together.

Box and Folder Listing:

1 Box.

1. Bill payments and receipts, 1939
2. Bill payments and receipts, Jan.-Feb. 1940
3. Bill payments and receipts, Mar.-May 1940
4. Bill payments and receipts, June 3-4, 1940
5. Bill payments and receipts, June 4-8, 1940
6. Speaking engagements, June-Aug. 1940
7. Speaking engagements, Sept. 1940
8. Speaking engagements, Oct. 1940

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:
1 manuscript box
Collection Dates:
Access: This collection is open for research.
Reproduction Rights:
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Language Materials are entirely in English
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