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The Hanna mss., 1853-1879, are papers of John Hanna, 1827- 1882, congressman from Indiana from 1877 to 1879. Hanna graduated from Indiana Asbury (DePauw) University in 1850, studied law, and was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Greencastle, Indiana. He served as mayor of Greencastle, 1851-1854. Moving to Kansas in the spring of 1858 he was a member of the Kansas territorial legislature for the session of 1857-1858. He returned to Indiana and in 1860 was a presidential elector on the Republican ticket for the seventh Indiana district. From 1861 to 1869 he served as U.S. district attorney for the district of Indiana.

The papers consist of correspondence with prominent political figures, financiers, journalists, lawyers, printers, and diplomats. They deal with Indiana politics, the presidential election of 1860, political patronage, purported Southern sympathizers, and the Knights of the Golden Circle in Indiana, 1862-1863.

Among the correspondents are Edward Bates, J.P. Campbell, Schuyler Colfax, Oliver Craven, William Cumback, Walter P. Hanna, James Harlan, Benjamin Harrison, John S. Hobart, William Robeson Holloway, John Adam Kasson, George King, Henry Smith Lane, J.V.R. Miller, C. Moore, Oliver Perry Morton, John Chalfont New, Albert Gallatin Porter, Jacob Ragle, Thomas Schooley, John Stevenson Tarkington, William H.H. Terrell, Joseph A. Thompson, Daniel Wolsey Voorhees, and A.M. Wilson.

Collection size: 59 items

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