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Smiley Newton Chambers

Smiley N. Chambers Papers
S 247
1858-1905, undated
1 folder
Manuscript Section, Indiana Division
 Indiana State Library

Processed by: Christina Baich, November 2005


Biographical Note:

Smiley Newton Chambers was born on March 18, 1845, in Edwardsport, Knox County, Indiana. His parents were Alexander and Rachel Keith Chambers. He served in the 115th Indiana Volunteer Regiment during the Civil War (1863-1865). After the Civil War, Chambers entered Shurtleff College (Upper Alton, Illinois) and graduated in June 1870. He began practicing law in Vincennes in 1872. On May 13, 1876, he married Isadora McCord with whom he had six children. Chambers was appointed U.S. District Attorney for the District of Indiana by President Benjamin Harrison in 1889. He held this office until 1893, when he started a law practice in Indianapolis with S. O. Pickens and C. W. Moores. He died on February 8, 1907.


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

Scope and Content Note:

The collection consists primarily of family history and genealogy documents. There are also some letters and school report cards.

Item Listing:

undated                 Photograph of Joseph Chambers (grandfather)
1851 Mar. 12 Document regarding quit-claim deed granted to S. Yandy
1864 Nov. –  Diary of Smiley Chambers
1865 Jan.
1866-1867 Shurtleff College Merit Card
1867-1868 Shurtleff College Merit Card
1868-1869 Shurtleff College Merit Card
1868-1869 Shurtleff College Merit Card
1869-1870 Shurtleff College Merit Card
1876 Jan. 23 Smiley Chambers to Rev. T. J. Keith, ALS
1891 Aug. 4 Thomas Hanna to Smiley Chambers, TLS
1901 Aug. 25 Autobiography of Joseph H. Chambers
1901 Aug. 25 Transcript of autobiography of Joseph H. Chambers
1901 Aug. 27 Postcard from W. C. Johnson to Smiley Chambers
1905 Mar. 28 Smiley Chambers to Col. F. C. Ainsworth, TLS
1913 Jan. 25 Bessie Chambers Haskins to Mrs. Smiley Chambers, ALS
undated                 Genealogy notes
undated                 Commencement speech, “The Study of Facts”

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:
1 folder
Collection Dates:
1858-1905, undated
Geirge Lord Officer, 17 November 1970
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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