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|Location||Call Number / Copy Notes||Barcode||Shelving Location||Status||Due Date|
|Indiana State Library - Indianapolis||[Mss I] ISLI L128 (Text)||00000106296791||Manuscripts||Available||-|
- Physical Description: 86 manuscripts boxes, 18 volumes
|Restrictions on Access Note:||
The collection is open for research use.
The collection consists primarily of Pratt's legal and political papers from the period 1831 to 1877. His legal papers include correspondence, briefs, legal and financial documents, and notes regarding his cases in Logansport and northern Indiana, including both criminal and civil cases. The collection also contains papers regarding collection of debts for eastern law firms and papers related to the settlement of the estate of Senator John Tipton. Additionally, there are correspondence and legal papers relating to the affairs of Indian traders in northern Indiana, including the G.W. and W.G. Ewing Co. of Fort Wayne with which Pratt was associated in the 1830s and 1840s. The collection also includes papers regarding Pratt's other legal interests, including the Wabash and Erie Canal, railroads, and land development in Iowa and other western states. The political papers in the collection include correspondence regarding the work of the Indiana state legislature (1851-1853), state and national elections, particularly the 1860, 1868, 1872, and 1876 elections, and correspondence regarding the state and national Republican Party. Finally there are letters to Pratt related to issues before the U.S. Senate and his work on the Pensions and Claims Committees (1869-1876), and well as requests of those seeking political appointments. In addition to legal and political papers, the collection also contains literary and temperance addresses delivered by Pratt in Rising Sun, Indianapolis, and Logansport (1830s-1840s), as well as papers and record books related to the Logansport school system (1860s). The collection contains family correspondence, including letters from son Charles D. Pratt regarding the family's legal business while Pratt was in the U.S. Senate, and journal of son James P. Pratt while a student at Wabash College (1857-1858). There are also diaries and account records (1840s-1860s), newspaper clippings, and other printed materials. Finally, there are papers and correspondence of the executor of Pratt's estate, Logansport attorney William T. Wilson (1877-1901). Correspondents include: Oakes Ames, Conrad Baker, William W. Belknap, Horace P. Biddle, James T. Bryer, Charles Butler, Ovid Butler, John C. Calhoun, Henry P. Coburn, John Coburn, Schuyler Colfax, Roscoe Conkling, Will Cumback, John D. Defrees, Thomas Dowling, George H. Dunn, James W. Dunn, George W. Ewing, William G. Ewing, Hamilton Fish, Graham N. Fitch, Calvin Fletcher, John W. Foster, James S. Frazier, James A. Garfield, Isaac P. Gray, Walter Q. Gresham, Allen Hamilton, Hugh Hanna, Benjamin Harrison, James J. Hayden, Thomas A. Hendricks, Barnabas C. Hobbs, George W. Julien, Henry S. Lane, Hyacinth Lasselle, John H. Lathrop, Robert Milroy, Oliver P. Morton, Thomas A. Nelson, John B. Niles, Noah Noble, Cyrus Nutt, Godlove S. Orth, John U. Pettit, Gilbert A. Pierce, Albert Gallatin Porter, William Tecumseh Sherman, Thomas C. Slaughter, Caleb B. Smith, Benjamin Spooner, Robert S. Taylor, Richard W. Thompson, Henry C. Thornton, John Tipton, Spear S. Tipton, David Turpie, Joseph F. Tuttle, John P. Usher, Cyrus Vigus, Daniel W. Voorhees, Albert S. White, Simon Yandes.
|Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:||
Permission to reproduce, exhibit, or publish material in this collection must be obtained from the Manuscript and Rare Books Division, Indiana State Library.
|Immediate Source of Acquisition Note:||
Vivian Durbin March 21, 1932.
|Biographical or Historical Data:||
Daniel D. Pratt was born on October 26, 1813 in Palermo, Maine, and moved to the state of New York with his family at a young age. After graduating from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY, Pratt moved west to Rising Sun, Indiana, in 1832. He served as a law clerk in the office of Calvin Fletcher in Indianapolis from 1833 to1836. After passing the Indiana bar, he moved to Logansport to begin his law practice. Pratt served as a Whig member in the Indiana House of Representatives in 1851 and 1853 and as secretary to the Republican National Committee in 1860. In 1868, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, but resigned in January 1869 after being elected to the U.S. Senate. Pratt served as a Republican in the Senate from March 4, 1869 to March 3, 1875, and was Chairman of the Committee on Pensions. In 1875, he was appointed U.S. Commissioner of Internal Revenue by President Ulysses S. Grant. He resigned the following year, and died in Logansport on June 17, 1877.
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