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Lyman Trumbull Family Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-BC640

Scope and Contents

The Lyman Trumbull Family Papers, including correspondence, financial and legal records, diaries, speeches, clippings, scrapbooks and miscellaneous papers concerning Lyman Trumbull's political and legislative career and his family's personal life. Included is correspondence among Trumbull family members, a great amount being between Trumbull and his wives, Julia Jayne Trumbull and Mary Ingraham Trumbull. Papers also concern Trumbull’s political activities, such as the life of a circuit judge, life in Springfield, state and national politics, the Civil War and reconstruction, the proposed impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, and Trumbull’s financial situation, including investments handled by Gilman, Son and Company of New York. Family correspondence includes letters of the Ingraham family. The collection includes a file of letters from Belleville attorney Alfred Cowles to Stephen B. Munn of New York City.


  • Created: 1821-1917
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1963


Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


3.00 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Lawyer from Belleville, Illinois; United States Senator (1855-1873); State Supreme Court Justice (1848-1853); State Representative, St. Clair County (1840-1842), Illinois Secretary of State (1841-1843); unsuccessful candidate for Governor (1880).

Arrangement Note

Collection consists of general correspondence, 1836-1896, 1360 items; correspondence copied into notebooks, 1858-1870, 5 items; speeches and addresses, 1856-1896, 14 items; diaries, 1863, 1894, 2 volumes; financial papers, 1843-1896, 574 items; legal papers, 1837-1892, 29 items;  miscellaneous papers, 1833-1896, 42 items; newspaper clippings, 1857-1896, 73 items; family correspondence, 1841-1916, 776 items; miscellaneous family papers, 1849-1917, 77 items; diary of Mary Ingraham Trumbull, 1882-1885; letters of Alfred Cowles to Stephen B. Munn, 1821-1830, 17 items; scrapbooks, 1856-1884, 4 volumes (BV 1-4).  There are 402 letters written by Trumbull 1841-1896, and of these letters, 156 are to his first wife, Julia Jayne Trumbull, 82 are to his second wife Mary Trumbull and 60 are to other members of the family. Subjects discussed in the general correspondence include his legal practice at Belleville, duties as Illinois Secretary of State, travel and court appointments; slavery and abolition; election of 1856; appointments and patronage; mail routes; Kansas-Nebraska Bill; Lecompton Constitution; Stephen A. Douglas; Republican party; James Buchanan’s administration; legal affairs of Benjamin Godfrey; election of 1860; Abraham Lincoln; Civil War; affairs of Frank R. Judd, son of Norman B. Judd; reconstruction; Andrew Johnson and impeachment; election of 1872; Liberal Republican Party; People’s Party of 1894; labor movement; business and family affairs. Correspondents include Lyman Abbott, John Quincy Adams, George T. Adams, David J. Baker, Mrs. William Radford Beale, James G. Blaine, William Jennings Bryan, William Butler, Eugene Casserty, Zachariah Chandler, John Cogan, Schuyler Colfax, David Davis, Hamilton Fish, B.O. Flower, George G. Fogg, Benjamin Godfrey, Benjamin Harrison, Ozias M. Hatch, William H. Herndon, Samuel Hoard, Gershom Jayne, William Jayne, W.P. Jones, Frank R. Judd, Norman B. Judd, Michael C. Kerr, Gustave Koerner, John Law, Abraham Lincoln, John A. Logan, Lawrence E. McGann, William L. Marcy, Joel Myers, John M. Palmer, Ebenezer Peck, George W. Ralph, Charles H. Ray, Augustus Schell, Carl Schurz, J.C. Sloo, James Speed, Julia Trumbull, (58 items), Mary Trumbull (84 items) Walter Trumbull (18 items), John Wentworth, Horace White, Richard Yates and Charles Zane. Materials are arranged by file type and organized chronologically thereunder.

Related Materials

See also:  Papers, 1843-1894 ca 4,500 items, microfilm 22 reels, Originals in Library of Congress, Chiefly letters, 1855-1872 received by Trumbull on political matters, together with a few drafts or copies of replies. Subjects include the election of 1856, 1860, and 1872, Illinois state politics, appointments and patronage, the Kansas-Nebraska Bill, secession, the Civil War, reconstruction, the civil rights bill and the Liberal Republican movement of 1872. For list of correspondents see National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, 1968, MS 68-2080, page 237
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