Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Hemenway mss., 1904-1921, are political letters and papers of James Alexander Hemenway, 1860-1923.

Career: James Alexander Hemenway was born in Boonville, Warrick County, Indiana, March 8, 1860, the son of William J.L. and Sarah (Cleland) Hemenway. He attended the common schools in Boonville through the eighth grade. In 1878 Hemenway homesteaded in Kansas, but soon lost his claim and returned to Indiana in 1879. There he studied law, while working at other jobs. In 1885 he was admitted to the bar and began to practice in Boonville, Ind. He was elected prosecuting attorney for the second judicial circuit in 1886, a member of the Republican state committee in 1890, Congressman in 1895 and in 1905 was appointed Senator to finish the term of Charles Warren Fairbanks. He was defeated for reelection in 1908 and resumed his practice in Boonville in 1909. In 1916 he was appointed a member of the Republican National Committee. He died while on a visit for his health in Miami, Florida, on February 11, 1923.

Correspondents represented are: Clifford Kennedy Berryman, Albert Jeremiah Beveridge, Nicholas Murray Butler, Joseph Gurney Cannon, Winthrop Murray Crane, Charles Curtis, Winfield Taylor Durbin, Charles Warren Fairbanks, Elbert Henry Gary, Hames Putnam Goodrich, Eugene Hale, John Hays Hammond, Warren Gamaliel Harding, William Harrison Hays, Charles Dewey Hilles, Frank Orren Lowden, Joseph Medill McCormick, Harry Stewart New, Daniel Gray Reid, Theodore Roosevelt, James Schoolcraft Sherman, William Howard Taft, Thomas Taggart, John Wingate Weeks.

Also included in the collection are a sketch of James Alexander Hemenway, [1905]; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings relating to him; a cartoon of Joseph Gurney Cannon by Clifford Kennedy Berryman; a record of the "Campaign tour of Hon. Joseph G. Cannon and party. September 15th to November 3rd, 1904"; and a photograph of William Howard Taft, 1909.

Collection size: 111 items

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