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Charles Louis Holstein

Charles L. Holstein Scrapbooks
2 vols.
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
Indiana State Library

Processed by: Christina Baich, February 2006

Biographical Note:

Charles Louis Holstein was born on January 26, 1843, in Madison, Indiana, to Charles L. and Emily (Bachman) Holstein. He attended Hanover College and the Kentucky Military Institute (1859-1861) before serving in the Civil War for nearly three years. He was Sergeant-Major of the 6th Indiana Volunteers, First Lieutenant and Adjutant of the 22nd Regiment Indiana Volunteers, and was continually promoted until he reached the rank of Captain as Assistant Adjutant-General of Volunteers. Following his service, he graduated from Hanover College and then entered Harvard Law School (1865). Holstein was admitted to the bar in 1866 and began practicing law in Indianapolis. He practiced with a number of firms in Indianapolis and Chicago, including Elliott & Holstein (Indianapolis), Flower, Remy & Holstein (Chicago), and Holstein & Barrett (Indianapolis). On December 17, 1868, he married Maggie V. Nickum.

Holstein served as assistant to the U.S. District Attorney for Indiana (1871-1880) until being appointed District Attorney by President Rutherford B. Hayes. He continued in that role until 1885 when he returned to private practice. Holstein was known for his oration skills and was a published poet. He died on January 22, 1901, at his Indianapolis home.


Parker, Benjamin S. and Enos B. Heiney. Poets and Poetry of Indiana: A Representative Collection of the Poetry of Indiana during the First Hundred Years of its History as Territory and State, 1800 to 1900. New York: Silver, Burdett and Company, 1900.

Taylor, Charles W. Biographical Sketches and Review of the Bench and Bar of Indiana. Indianapolis: Bench and Bar Publishing Co., 1895.

Thompson, Donald E., comp. Indiana Authors and their Books, 1967-1980. Crawfordsville, IN: Wabash College, 1981.

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists of two scrapbooks. The first contains clippings Holstein found of interest including many poems; his report cards from Hanover College and the Kentucky Military Institute; and programs (1855-1867). The items are not arranged chronologically within the book. The second contains articles written by Holstein, largely on political and legal issues (1884-1893).

Item Listing:

86-1 Scrapbook of clippings, report cards, and programs
86-2 Scrapbook of articles written by Holstein

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:
2 volumes
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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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