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Curtis Gilbert collection 1818-1839.

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI S0512 (Text) 512001-100456 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 2 folders

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General Note: Finding Aid by: Erica Sgroi, April 2013
Restrictions on Access Note: The collection is open for research use.
Summary, etc.: This collection consists of various bills of receipts from Curtis Gilbert and the account book for the County Clerk and the Postmaster.
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note: Curtis Gilbert collection, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note: Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data: Gilbert Curtis was born in Middletown, Connecticut on June 8, 1795. At the age of seventeen, he became a teacher and taught in Middletown for one term. In October of 1813, Curtis headed west to seek his fortune. He ended his journey in Springfield, Ohio, where he taught school for a while as well as worked in a store. Curtis then traveled to Cincinnati, where he found a job with a store, Bailey, Green, and Bailey. The store soon expanded, and opened a branch in Fort Harrison, and Gilbert traveled there to work in 1815. He formed a “copartnership” with Mr. Bailey and Gilbert took control of the Fort Harrison store. In 1817, Gilbert became postmaster of Fort Harrison and in 1818; the post office was moved to Terre Haute. Gilberts became the first clerk and recorder of Vigo County. He married Catherine Allen in Vigo County, Indiana on September 15, 1819. In 1821, his wife and only child died. He was reelected for clerk in 1824, and again in 1832. He remarried in November 26, 1834 to Mary C. King, and the couple had seven children. In 1839, Gilbert became the first mayor of Terre Haute, although, he resigned shortly after taking the position due to ill health. Gilbert died in Florida on October 28, 1877.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note: No further additions are expected.
Subject: Terre Haute (Ind.) > Politics and government > 19th century.
Receipts (Acknowledgments)
Account books.

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