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Benjamin Wilson Smith papers 1858-1949.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L146 (Text) 928194-1001 Manuscripts Available -

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General Note: Processing information: Collection processing completed 2007/01 by Barbara Hilderbrand. Finding aid updated 2015/10/30 by Bethany Fiechter.
Restrictions on Access Note: The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.: This collection includes Smith’s writings about the history of Warrick, Spencer, and White Counties, Indiana and Harrison County, West Virginia, Manchester Academy and the postal system. Also included are his accounts of a trip from Virginia to White County in 1846 and an autobiography. Also, his scrapbook of clippings and notes on politics, his advice to students in Dearborn County, Daughters of the American Revolution applications for his family, correspondence with his daughter regarding family history, and papers regarding the Civil War service of his brother-in-law Oliver Smith Rankin.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: Benjamin Wilson Smith 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: Tippecanoe County Historical Society 1952.
Dr. William M. Reser September 15, 1934.
Biographical or Historical Data: Benjamin Wilson Smith was born January 19, 1830 in Harrison County, Virginia. He graduated from Indiana Asbury, now DePauw University, in 1855 and married Ruth Anne Rankin that same year. He moved to White County, Indiana in 1846 where he worked as a teacher, college professor and merchant. He was a professor of ancient languages at Cornell College in Iowa 1855-1857. He worked at public schools in Manchester, Aurora, Valparaiso, Knightstown, and Porter County. He was a Delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1872. He served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1883-1887. He was the Lafayette, Tippecanoe County Postmaster 1889-1893 and the State examiner of Public Schools in 1909. Benjamin Wilson Smith died October 13, 1921.
Subject: Postal service > United States.
Schools > Indiana.
Students > Indiana.
Educators > Indiana.
Historians > Indiana.
Schools > Indiana > Dearborn County.
Harrison County (W. Va.) > History.
Indiana > History, Local.
Indiana > Politics and government.
Spencer County (Ind.) > History.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Secret service.
Virginia > Description and travel.
Warrick County (Ind.) > History.
West Virginia > History, Local.
White County (Ind.) > Description and travel.
White County (Ind.) > History.
Rankin, Oliver Smith.
Smith family > Genealogy.
Manchester Academy (Dearborn County, Ind.)
Genre: Autobiographies.

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