Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Cumback mss., 1835-1904, are the papers of William Cumback, 1829-1905, lawyer and congressman from Indiana. They consist chiefly of correspondence with prominent political figures, army officers, lawyers, poets, journalists, and personal friends. The letters deal with national and state politics, 1854-1897; elections, 1856, 1860, 1880, 1884, 1896; army finances, 1864; slavery question as it related to Kansas, 1855; governorship of Montana, 1864; governorship of Idaho, 1870; minister resident to Portugal, 1870; position as a member of the cabinet or a Mexican mission, 1897; and efforts of friends to nominate John Addison Porter for governor of Connecticut, 1898.

Included are also land grants, 1835-1856; commission as a lieutenant-colonel, 1865; certification of election to Congress, 1854; certificate of election to the Indiana Academy of Science, 1889; resolutions favoring prohibition and opposing the further extension of slavery by the Decatur County Democratic party; and a book of autographs of President Franklin Pierce, members of his cabinet, members of the Senate, and members of the House of Representatives of the 34th Congress, 1856.

Among the correspondents are Timothy Patrick Andrews, Benjamin William Brice, Samuel Bryan, Will Carleton, Cassius Marcellus Clay, Howell Cobb, John Coburn, Schuyler Colfax, Neal Dow, Hamilton Fish, James Glover, Jr., Horace Greeley, Benjamin Harrison, Rutherford Birchard Hayes, William Steele Holman, Joe D. Howland, Samuel Porter Jones, Abraham Lincoln, John Uri Lloyd, William McKinley, John McLean, Louis Theodore Michener, J.D. Mooney, Oliver Perry Morton, Meredith Nicholson, Godlove Stein Orth, Alfred Pleasonton, John Addison Porter, John Sherman, William Tecumseh Sherman, Edwin McMasters Stanton, Alexander Hamilton Stephens, Thomas DeWitt Talmage, James Maurice Thompson, John Palmer Usher, and Lewis Wallace.

In addition the collection contains printed speeches by William Cumback.

The first folder in the collection contains biographical information on William Cumback. Some of the material is in an oversize folder.

Gift. Mrs. C.W. Seabury, Chicago, Illinois. 1952

An inventory is available.

Collection size: 72 items

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