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Joseph Albert Wright correspondence and papers, 1843-1931 bulk 1843-1867.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L183 (Text) 926432-1001 Manuscripts Available -
Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI OB3 (Text) 4147-7471 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes 1 oversized folder.

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General Note: Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2005/12 by Christina Baich. Finding aid updated 2015/11/24 by Lauren Patton.
Restrictions on Access Note: The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.: The collection includes letter to Wright in Washington from his family in Rockville (1843-1844); letters from his district regarding local and national politics (1844); letters to Wright as Governor of Indiana regarding appointments, railroad development, the Indiana State Bank, criminal cases, agricultural societies, and politics (1849-1857); letters to him as U.S. Minister to Prussia (1857-1861), including letters from American traveling in Europe and letters from American diplomats; letters to him as U.S. Senator (1862-1863) regarding appointments and local politics; programs, invitations, and other social and diplomatic materials from his time in Prussia; and a partial biography of Joseph A. Wright. The collection also includes correspondence received by the family upon Wright's death as well as family correspondence in the years following his death (1867-1931).
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: Joseph Albert Wright correspondence and 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. Carl Patterson August 11, 1942.
Biographical or Historical Data: Joseph Albert Wright was born on April 17, 1810, in Washington, Pennsylvania. His family moved to Bloomington, Indiana, when he was still a young boy. After his father's death, Wright worked his way through Indiana University. He was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1829 and began practicing law in Rockville. Wright held a number of public offices including member of the Indiana House of Representatives (1833-34, 1836-37); prosecuting attorney of the 1st circuit (1838-1839); member of the Indiana Senate (1839-1840); and member of the U.S. House of Representatives (1843-1845). Wright was elected Governor of Indiana in 1848 and served from 1849 to 1857. Accomplishments during his two terms as Governor include the adoption of a new state constitution and the formation of State Boards of Education and Agriculture. Wright was then appointed the U.S. Minister to Prussia (1857-61, 1865-67). During his break from the Minister position, he served in the U.S. Senate. He died on May 11, 1867, in Berlin, Germany, while fulfilling his duties as U.S. Minister to Prussia.
Subject: Wright, Joseph A. (Joseph Albert), 1810-1867.
Indiana. Circuit Court (1st Circuit)
Indiana. General Assembly. House of Representatives.
Indiana. General Assembly. Senate.
United States. Congress. House.
State Bank of Indiana.
Lawyers > Indiana > Rockville.
Public prosecutors > Indiana.
Legislators > Indiana.
Legislators > United States.
Governors > Indiana.
Foreign ministers > United States.
Diplomatic and consular service, American > Germany > Prussia.
United States > Foreign relations > Germany > Prussia.
Prussia (Germany)
Rockville (Ind.)

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