Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Elliott mss., 1926-1948, are papers of Richard Nash Elliott, 1873-1948, congressman from Indiana.

Career: born on farm near Connersville, Fayette county, Ind., April 25, 1873; attended public schools; taught school three years; studied law in office of Connor and McIntosh, Connersville, Ind.; admitted to the Indiana bar and began the practice of law at Connersville, 1896; married, Jan. 20, 1898, Elizabeth Alice Ostheimer, 1875?-1952; member of the Indiana General assembly, 1905-1909; city attorney, Connersville, Ind., 1905-1909; county attorney, Fayette county, Ind., 1907-1915; delegate to Republican national convention, Chicago, 1916; U.S. congressman, 1917-1931; chairman, House committee on public buildings and grounds; assistant comptroller general of the U.S., 1931-1943; died, Mar. 21, 1948; no children.

The papers in the collection are of the period of Mr. Elliott's service in Washington. They consist for the most part of letters from such prominent persons as Charles Robert Crisp, James Aloysius Farley, John Nance Garner, Cass Gilbert, Ulysses Simpson Grant III, John William Hamilton, Herbert Hoover, Charles Evans Hughes, Robert Patterson Lamont, Andrew William Mellon, Ogden Livingston Mills, Ruth (Bryan) Owen, Charles Manly Stedman, William Howard Taft, Willis Van Devanter, and Lindsay Carter Warren. Most of these letters either relate to government buildings, particularly the Supreme Court building, or express appreciation for kindnesses rendered or congratulations expressed. Several poems, written by Mr. Elliott and dated 1942 and 1943, are included, as are also photographs of Mr. Elliott, Louis Leon Ludlow, and Raymond Smiley Springer.

Collection size: 67 items

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