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William Wheeler Thornton papers, 1877-1931.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L159 (Text) 926415-1001 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes.

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General Note: Processing information: Collection processing completed 2005/11 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter.
Restrictions on Access Note: The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.: The collection contains Thornton's manuscript for a book of political documents, principally from nineteenth century America; his manuscript of a biography of early Indiana jurist Isaac Blackford; articles on the judicial system of Indiana and the Northwest Territory; an essay on French General Michel Ney in America; and correspondence regarding politics and his legal and historical writings (1871-1903). The collection is organized chronologically by document type.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: William Wheeler Thornton 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: Mrs. William Wheeler Thornton June 3, 1938.
Elizabeth Osborn (saac Blackford book) August 10, 2006.
Biographical or Historical Data: William Wheeler Thornton was born on June 27, 1851, near Logansport, Indiana. His parents were John Allen and Ellen Thomas Thornton. He grew up on a farm in Cass County, Indiana, where he attended the local schools and Smithson College, a Universalist educational institution. He studied law at the law firm of his uncle, Henry C. Thornton, before attending the University of Michigan where he received an LL.B. degree in 1876. Thornton then returned to Logansport where he practiced law until 1880. In January 1882, he married Mary F. Grove. Mary died on July 22, 1905. Thornton remarried nearly six year later on June 20, 1911. His second wife was Irene Blackledge. Thornton was appointed Indiana Deputy Attorney General by Daniel P. Baldwin in 1880 and served a two year term. He resumed his private law practice in Crawfordsville, Indiana (1883-1889) and then Indianapolis (1893-1914). While in Crawfordsville, Thornton also served as city attorney for two years. On September 1, 1889, he was appointed librarian of the Indiana Supreme Court. He left private practice when he became judge of the Marion County Superior Court in 1914, a post he maintained until 1932. Thornton was also the author of numerous book and articles on the law and was considered one of the most prolific and authoritative writers on the subject. He died on January 21, 1932.
Subject: Thornton, W. W. (William Wheeler), 1851-1932.
Blackford, Isaac Newton, 1786-1859.
Ney, Michel, duc d'Elchingen, 1769-1815.
Indiana. Office of the Attorney General.
Indiana. Supreme Court.
Lawyers > Indiana > Logansport.
Lawyers > Indiana > Indianapolis.
Lawyers > Indiana > Crawfordsville.
City attorneys > Indiana > Crawfordsville.
Law librarians > Indiana.
Judges > Indiana > Marion County.
Law > History.
United States > Politics and government > 19th century.
Northwest, Old > History.
Indiana > History.

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