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John Law letters and journal transcript, 1817-1869 1844-1869.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S0810 (Text) 00000106159841 Manuscripts Available -

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General Note: Processing information: Collection processing completed 2006/02 by Christina Baich. Finding aid created 2015/10/30 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note: The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.: The collection primarily consists of Photostat copies of letters from John Law to Lyman C. Draper, Librarian of the Wisconsin Historical Society and collector of documents on frontier history. There are also two original letters from John Law to William and a transcript of Law’s journal entries from a trip down the Ohio River in 1817.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: John Law letters and journal transcript, Rare Books and Manuscriptsk, 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: John Law was born on October 28, 1796, in New London, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale in 1814 and then studied law. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1817 and began practicing in Vincennes, Indiana. He served as prosecuting attorney (1818-1820 and 1825-1828); member of the State House of Representatives (1824-1825); and judge of the seventh judicial circuit (1830-1831 and 1844-1850). He resigned his judgeship in 1850 and moved to Evansville, Indiana. In 1855, President Franklin Pierce appointed him judge of the court of land claims. He held this post until 1857. Law also served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1861 to 1865. Following his term in Congress, he returned to Evansville where he practiced law. He died on October 7, 1873.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note: No further additions are expected.
Subject: Law, John, 1796-1873.
Lawyers > Indiana > Vincennes.
Lawyers > Indiana > Evansville.
Legislators > Indiana.
Legislators > United States.
Judges > Indiana.
Ohio River.

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