Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The McWhirter, F.T. mss., 1844-1915, consist of letters and papers of Felix Tony McWhirter, 1853-1915, banker of Indianapolis, Indiana.

Career: born Lynchburg, Tennessee, July 17, 1853; A.B., 1873, A.M., 1876, Eastern Tennessee Wesleyan University; editor, Athens, Tennessee News, 1873-1876; Mayor, Athens, Tennessee, 1877-1878; married Luella Frances Smith, November 18, 1878; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Indianapolis, 1880-1884; instructor and associate professor of rhetoric and English literature, DePauw University; Ph.D., DePauw University, 1885; student, Johns Hopkins University, 1885- 1886; real estate broker, Indianapolis; member, Prohibition national committee, 1892-1912; treasurer, 1906-1912; member, executive committee, 1905-1912; chairman, Indiana State Prohibition Committee, 1893-1894, 1896-1898; founder, Peoples' State Bank, Indianapolis, December 1, 1900; for many years treasurer, Ostrom Realty Company; prohibition candidate for governor of Indiana, 1904; first vice-president, Children's Home Finding Society, 1909-1911; died, June 5, 1915.

The first folder in the collection contains biographical and genealogical material.

The collection contains Felix Tony McWhirter's Tennessee teachers certificate, August 3, 1873; his diploma from Eastern Tennessee Wesleyan University, 1873 (folio); minutes of a meeting to organize a teachers' association in McMinn County, Tennessee, October 25, 1873; resolution passed by the Philomathean Society, Eastern Wesleyan University, February 10, 1877, in appreciation of McWhirter's contributions as a member and as president of the Society; "A Practical Course in Constructive English Composition," by Felix Tony McWhirter (Greencastle, 1888); remarks at McWhirter's funeral, June 7, 1915; undated writings of McWhirter, entitled "Useless Women," "Many Years Ago," and The Liquor Traffic an Enemy to Labor; and correspondence of McWhirter with members of his family and that of his wife.

Collection size: 73 items

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