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Robert W. McBride Papers, 1863-1926.

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  • 5 of 5 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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0 current holds with 5 total copies.

Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L288 (Text) 920423-1001 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI OB6 Folder 3 (Text) 789111-1002 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI OBC48 (Text) 11484-9878 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI V251 (Text) 71411-8974 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI V288 (Text) 19974-8814 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 2 mss. boxes, 2 vols., 2 ov. folders

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General Note: Processing information: Collection processing completed 2006/03 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/11/04 by Laura Eliason.
Summary, etc.: The collection contains some correspondence and a large number of speeches of Robert McBride. There are also some papers regarding the Union Light Guard as well as a pamphlet written by McBride and several drafts of his manuscript for Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln. A small amount of legal papers and papers relating to the Waterloo Rifle Company and Wheelway League are also included. Various membership and appointment certificates are included in the large collection as well as the oversized folders. The volumes are a record book in which McBride wrote a regimental history of the Union Light Guard and tracked the soldiers who served in the regiment and who attended reunions and a meeting book for the Waterloo Rifle Company that includes meeting minutes (1880-1886) and the company's constitution. The collection is organized into Correspondence, Speeches, Union Light Guard manuscript and papers, and other business-related papers. Each series is organized chronologically.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: Robert W. McBride Papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts Section, Indiana State Library.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript Section, Indiana State Library. Possession of a reproduction from an Indiana State Library collection does not constitute permission for use.
Biographical or Historical Data: Robert Wesley McBride was born on January 25, 1842, in Richland County, Ohio. His parents were Augustus and Martha A. (Barnes) McBride. At age 13, Robert moved with an uncle to Iowa. In 1859, he began teaching in the Iowa public schools. He returned to Ohio in 1862 and enlisted in the 7th Ohio Independent Squadron of Cavalry, more commonly known as the Union Light Guard. This squadron became bodyguard for President Abraham Lincoln, serving as mounted escort of the President until his assassination. McBride was discharged in September 1865. After the Civil War, McBride returned to his first profession, teaching, and worked in Ohio and Indiana public schools. In 1866, he moved to Indiana and settled in Waterloo, DeKalb County. Over the next year, he studied law and was admitted to the bar (April 1867) and began practicing in Waterloo (September 1867). On September 27, 1868, he married Ida S. Chamberlain. In 1882, McBride was elected Judge of the 35th Judicial Circuit, which comprised DeKalb, Noble, and Steuben counties. He held this post for six years. In June 1890, McBride moved to Elkhart, Indiana. After losing his bid for a seat on the Indiana Supreme Court to Judge J. A. S. Mitchell, he was appointed by President Harrison to a commission to investigate matters on the Puyallup Indian Reservation in Tacoma, Washington. However, Justice Mitchell died suddenly and McBride was appointed to fill his seat in December 1890. McBride immediately returned to Indiana to accept the post. He left the Supreme Court bench when his term ended in January 1893 and moved to Indianapolis to resume the practice of law. He was also the Vice-President of the Wheelway League, an association that created and maintained a bicycle path (“wheelway”) on the canal towpath between Indianapolis and Broad Ripple in 1896. In 1904, McBride became counsel for the loan department of the State Life Insurance Company. Months before his death, he wrote Personal Recollections of Abraham Lincoln, in which he told of glimpses he got almost daily of President Lincoln during the last sixteen months of the Civil War. He died on May 15, 1926.
Subject: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Indiana Academy of Science.
Northeastern Indiana Agricultural Association.
Waterloo Rifle Company.
Wheelway League.
United States. Army. Ohio Cavalry Regiment, 7th (1862-1865) > Regimental history.
De Kalb County (Ind.) > History.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Veterans.

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