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Abram W Hendricks

Abram W. Hendricks Papers
S 634, OBC 69
2 folders, 1 os. folder
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Christina Baich, December 2005

Biographical Note:

Abram W. Hendricks was born on October 12, 1822, in Ligonier, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He attended college in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and Transylvania University law school in Lexington, Kentucky (1845). Hendricks moved to Madison, Indiana, in 1838 where he practiced law from 1847 to 1866. He then moved to Indianapolis where he continued to practice law until his death. He was a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Hendricks, Hord, and Hendricks. The other Hendricks in the firm was his cousin, Thomas A. Hendricks. Abram Hendricks represented Jefferson County in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1853, but lost a bid for judge on the Indiana Supreme Court in 1858. He served as a major in the U.S. Army, Quartermaster’s Department during the Civil War. He was organizer and governor of the Indianapolis Board of Trade. During the Indianapolis railroad strike of 1877, he was secretary of the Committee of Safety. Hendricks died on November 25, 1887, in Indianapolis.

His son, Allan Hendricks, was born on September 24, 1864, in Madison, Indiana. He practiced law in Indianapolis and was a very active community member, serving on a number of boards. He died on January 4, 1949.


Pictorial and Biographical Memoirs of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana. Chicago: Goodspeed Brothers, Publishers, 1893.

Shepherd, Rebecca A., Charles W. Calhoun, Elizabeth Shanahan-Shoemaker, and Alan F. January, comp. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly, Volume 1, 1816-1899. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly, 1980.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection includes Abram Hendricks’ correspondence on Indiana politics (1859-1870); minutes of the Indianapolis Committee of Safety during the 1877 railroad strike; letters of Heinrich Schliemann to Hendricks & Hord regarding his property in Indianapolis (1870-1871); Hendricks’ receipts and invoices for personal expenses, particularly clothing, in Madison (1851-1866); a chart of the organization of the Union Army at Vicksburg (1863); papers of the Indianapolis Insurance Company (1868); and Allan Hendricks’ recollections of the Indianapolis Portfolio Club (1939).

Correspondents include Conrad Baker, William M. Dunn, Walter Q. Gresham, Winslow S. Pierce, Albert Gallatin Porter, and Heinrich Schliemann. Most only have one letter in the collection. The collection is organized chronologically.

Item Listing:

Folder 1.  1816-1863
1816 Oct. 28 Deed of Francis and Elizabeth Sanders to Thomas Crawford, Jefferson County, IN
1822-45, n.d Signatures of Madison, Indiana, lawyers
1843 Apr. 26 Broadside announcing the opening of Select Academy in Indianapolis
1850 Aug. 31 Stock certificate for Knightstown and Shelbyville Railroad Company
1851 July 2 Notice of appraisement to Dunn & Hendricks
1852 Nov. 27 Clothing receipt for purchases made 1852 Mar.-Nov.
1853  Receipt
1854 Jan. 6 Receipt for boots
1855 Dec. 26 Leather goods receipt
1855 Dec. 31 Clothing receipt
1855  Leather goods receipt
1856 Oct. 21 Clothing receipt
1856 Oct. 23 Clothing receipt
1856 Nov. 28 Clothing receipt
1856 Dec. 31 Clothing receipt
1857 Jan. 1 Leather goods receipt
1857 July 1 Leather goods receipt
1857 July 29 Clothing receipt
1858 Jan 1 Clothing receipt
1858 July 1 Clothing receipt
1858 July 1 Clothing receipt
1858 Dec. 27 Clothing receipt
1859 Jan. 1 Clothing receipt
1859 Jan. 27 Clothing receipt
1859 June 24 Clothing receipt
1859 July  Clothing receipt
1859 Oct. 25 Albert G. Porter to W. M. Dunn, ALS
1859 Dec. 20 W. M. Dunn to A. W. Hendricks, ALS
1860 Jan. 1 Clothing receipt
1860 Jan. 2 Clothing receipt
1860 July 2 Clothing receipt
1860 Oct. 15 Clothing receipt
1860 Nov. 17 Leather goods receipt
1861 July 12 Conrad Baker to A. W. Hendricks, ALS
1861 Aug. 23 Receipt for mending of leather goods
1861 Dec. 18 Statement for shipping of sugar and molasses aboard the Peytona from New Orleans to Memphis
1862 Apr. 10 Winslow S. Pierce to A. W. Hendricks, ALS
 circa 1862 Broadside for William Haerle clothing goods of Indianapolis
1863 July 3 Organization of the U.S. Army prior to Vicksburg (12 pages)
1863 Dec. 31 Receipt for shoes
Folder 2. 1865-1939, n.d.
1865 May 27 W. H. Talbot to A. W. Hendricks, ALS
1867 July 25 Sarah B. Hendricks to her mother, ALS
1868 Jan. 10 Stockholders Report of the Indianapolis Insurance Company, includes pamphlet listing stockholders
1868 Dec. 12 Receipt from Barrett Academy to J. Lindly for term ending 1869 Jan. 30
1869 Jan. 20 Stockholders Report of the Indianapolis Insurance Company
1870 Feb. 2 H. Schliemann of L. von Hoffmann & Co. of New York to Hendricks & Hord, ALS
1870 Mar. 23 H. Schliemann to Hendricks & Hord, ALS
1870 May 30 W. Q. Gresham to A. W. Hendricks, ALS
c. 1870  List of the U.S. citizens of Henry Schliemann family
1871 Aug. 10 Receipt of J. R. Haugh from the Treasurer of the Fair [???] Co.
1871 Dec. 3 Schliemann to Hendricks & Hord, ALS
1877 July 27-28 Minutes of proceedings of the Indianapolis Committee of Safety
1879 June 21 Funeral notice for Miss Louisa Field
187?                 Blank deposit slip for the Indiana Banking Co.
1884                 Republican ticket for presidential election
1885                 Advertising card for Pearl Shirts, sold by A. R. Crandall of Xenia, Ohio
18??  Blank check from Branch Bank of the State of Indiana, Madison
18??  Printed directions for taking depositions, produced by Dunn & Hendricks, Attorneys at Law, Madison, Indiana
18??  Bill for clothing repair
1902 Mar. 20 Allan Hendricks membership certificate for the Indiana Club of Chicago
1939 Apr. 13 “Recollections of early members of the Portfolio” by Allan Hendricks
n.d.  Postcard from George Francis Drain
n.d.  Advertising card for the H. P. Wasson Co. Bank
n.d.  Printed sheet describing the advantages of rebuilding canal locks, presented by M. Bishop, Civil Engineer of Putnam, Ohio
n.d.  Automobile ticket to Crown Hill Cemetery
n.d.  Proprietor’s ticket for Crown Hill Cemetery
n.d.  Acquaintance card
n.d.  Handwritten list of names of lawyers
n.d.  Valentine’s Day card addressed to Miss Sallie Butler of Madison, Indiana
n.d.  Valentine’s Day card and letter, unaddressed
OBC 69
1 Folder.
1831 Oct. 8 Fire Association of Philadelphia insurance policy for Benjamin Green
1834 Sept. 1 Land sale deed between John P. Paul and Thomas Thomas

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:
2 folders, 1 oversized folder
Collection Dates:
1816-1939, bulk 1855-1871
Allan Hendricks, 1937 and 1938
Access: This collection is open for research.
Reproduction Rights:
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library.  Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Language Materials are entirely in English
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