Rev. Matthias L. Haines

Rev. Matthias L. Haines
1 folder

Manuscripts & Rare Books Division
Indiana State Library

Finding Aid by: Edythe Huffman

Biographical Note:

The Rev. Matthias Loring Haines, D.D. was born May 4, 1850, the eldest son of Abram Brower Haines and Julia P. Loring, in Aurora, IN.  He attended local elementary and high schools and graduated from Wabash College in1871.  Haines attended the Union Theological Seminary of New York City and graduated in 1874.  After serving at the Dutch Reformed Church of Astoria, New York, he was unanimously called to the First Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, Apr. 1, 1885.  He married Sarah L. Kouwenhoven of Astoria, NY on May 7, 1885.  He served the church for a third of a century, the longest pastorate in its history.  He was a member or trustee of many boards, including the Presbyterian Board of Aid for Colleges and Academies and president of the Indianapolis Literary Society, among others.  Wabash College conferred the degree of D.D. on him in 1886.  He had two children, Lydia Rapelye, born Sept. 9, 1886 and Julia Loring, born Oct. 24, 1916.  He died Dec. 23, 1941 and is buried in Indianapolis, IN.


Indiana Biography Index Published before 1990. July 2, 2013. 
“Matthias L. Haines”.  Web: Indiana. Find a Grave Index, 1800-2012.
“Rev. Matthias Loring Haines, D.D.”  Jacob Piatt Dunn, Indiana and Indianans.  American Historical Society, Chicago, 1919.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a carbon copy of a 2-page opinion piece based on the Thanksgiving Day sermon, 2 carbon copies of excerpts of the sermon, and an announcement that Rev. Haines has been elected to join the New England Society of Indianapolis and requesting his answer.

The author of the opinion piece quotes Rev. Haines in regard to “the spirit of caste…has gained such small control” and “there is a freedom, an unconventionality” and praises society and democratic dealing with people in Indianapolis.  The sermon extract compares the disciple Paul’s Tarsus with Indianapolis in many ways, discusses the founding and early days of Indianapolis, its generous layout, the character of its dwellings, the zeal for learning, charitable institutions, churches, and the future of the city.  He also warns about being only a spectator, rather than a citizen and counsels people to express their thanks by living as Christian citizens.  The New England Society of Indianapolis invitation also lists the officers and excerpts of the constitution and bylaws.

Photocopy Policy:

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Collection Inventory

Folder and Item Listing:

Folder 1.  Sermons and papers, 1887-1895 

11-26-1887 News (opinion piece)
11-25-1887 Extracts from Thanksgiving Day sermon (2 copies), entitled “No mean city”
6-14-1895 Brochure for New England Society of Indianapolis

Collection Information:

Size of Collection: 1 folder
Collection Dates: 1887-1895
Provenance:  Unknown
Access: The Collection is Open for Research Use
Restrictions:  None
Reproduction Rights: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
Language: Materials are entirely in: English
Alternate Formats: None
Related Holdings: None
Collection Notes: None

MA BA 8-2-2013