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John B. Niles papers, 1837-1902 bulk 1837-1844.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L116 (Text) 926372-1001 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 1 manuscript box.

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General Note: Processing information: Collection processing completed 2006/04 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/11/12 by Laura Eliason.
Restrictions on Access Note: The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.: The bulk of the collection consists of Photostat copies of Niles' correspondence regarding his legal practice. There is some correspondence regarding the Indiana Medical College and a number of letters between Niles and his father-in-law, William Polke. There are also several original documents included in the collection including two legal briefs and an expense notebook.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: John B. Niles 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.
Immediate Source of Acquisition Note: Collection obtained through various donors.
Biographical or Historical Data: John Barron Niles was born on September 13, 1808, in West Fairlee, Vermont. Niles was admitted to the bar and moved to LaPorte, Indiana, in 1833. On December 16, 1834, he married Mary Polke, daughter of Judge William Polke, with whom he had five children. He served as prosecuting attorney (1838) and president judge (1843) for the 9th circuit. Niles was also a delegate to Indiana's second Constitutional Convention (1850-1851). From 1851 to 1879, he was the attorney for the Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad. In addition to his law career, Niles was also a professor of chemistry at the Indiana Medical College (LaPorte) from 1840 to 1852. He served two terms in the Indiana Senate (1865 and 1867). He died on July 6, 1879.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note: No further additions are expected.
Subject: Niles, John B. (John Barron), 1808-1879.
Polke, William, 1775-1843.
Indiana. General Assembly. Senate.
Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway.
Indiana Medical College.
Lawyers > Indiana > LaPorte County.
Judges > Indiana > LaPorte County.
Legislators > Indiana.
Railroads > Indiana.

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