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Ira Harvey Smith papers

Creator: Smith, Ira H. (Ira Harvey), 1815-1883

Date: 1835 - 1883

Level of Description: Coll./Record Group

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: Ms. Coll. 503

Unit ID: 40503

Abstract: The collection mostly consists of correspondence to and from Ira Smith and other family members, as well as some poetry written by Sarah Jane Bartholomew (later Smith) in the 1830s, deeds and other property records, and a personal accounts book from 1876. The correspondence includes love letters written by Ira to Sarah Jane and other personal letters, as well as correspondence regarding business and real estate or property matters. The materials are organized chronologically and include a brief (partial) contents list.

Space Required/Quantity: .25 cubic feet (1 box)

Title (Main title): Ira Harvey Smith papers


Biog. Sketch (Full):

Ira Harvey Smith was born in Seymour, Connecticut, on 20 August 1815. He graduated from Yale University's theological school in New Haven in 1842 and was ordained in the Congregational Church. He preached until 1846 when ill health forced him to give up the pulpit. Also in 1846 he married Sarah Jane Bartholomew. In 1853 he went west to California for a year, speaking a year there before returning to Connecticut.

Smith did not remain in the east for long, however. In the fall of 1854 he went west again, to Kansas this time, where he assisted in surveying the northern boundary of the territory. Thereafter he settled in Brown County and was elected surveyor there in 1857 and 1859, as well as acting as one of the first incorporators of the town of Robinson in 1859. Smith served in the first state legislature in 1861, a Republican in the House of Representatives. He also served briefly as the receiver for the Kickapoo land office from 1861-1863 and as the register for the Lecompton land-office (in Topeka) from 1863 to 1873.

Ira Harvey Smith died in Topeka on 18 April 1883.

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    Brown County (Kan.)
    Smith, Ira H. (Ira Harvey), 1815-1883 -- Correspondence
    Smith, Sarah J. (Sarah Jane), b. 1819 -- Correspondence
    American poetry -- 19th century -- Connecticut
    Indian land transfers -- Kansas
    Land grants -- Kansas
    Real property -- Kansas
    Real property, Exchange of -- Kansas

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