Daniels mss., 1869-1920

Papers of Various, 1869-1920, at the Lilly Library, Indiana University

Finding aid created by Alyssa Mertka

Creator: Daniels, Edward, 1854-1918
Title: Daniels mss.
Collection No.: LMC 1192
Dates: 1869-1920

Quantity: 12.6 Linear Feet

Quantity: 10 boxes; 1 folio

Abstract: The Daniels mss., 1869-1920, consists of the papers of lawyer Edward Daniels, 1854-1918.
Location: Lilly - Stacks; Wells - Map Case
Language: Materials are in English .
Repository: Lilly Library
1200 E. Seventh St.
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-5500
Business Number: 812-855-2452
URL: https://libraries.indiana.edu/lilly-library

Biographical Note

Edward Daniels, 1854-1918, lawyer, was born November 11, 1854, in Greene, County, Ohio, son of Joseph J. and Clarissa J. (Blessing) Daniels. His childhood was spent in Rockville, Indiana, where his father was a well-known contractor. In 1875 Daniels graduated from Wabash College and in 1876 he was a student at Columbia University law school. In 1877, Daniels was located in Indianapolis entering the law firm of Baker, Hord & Hendricks as a student. He was admitted to the bar in 1879. In 1880 he formed partnership with Albert Baker. In 1887 Daniels married Virginia Johnston. He died June 11, 1918.

The law partnership of Thomas Andrews Hendricks and Oscar B. Hord was formed in Indianapolis in 1862. In 1866 Abram W. Hendricks, cousin of T.A. Hendricks, entered the firm, and the name, Hendricks, Hord, and Hendricks was adopted. When T.A. Hendricks became Governor of Indiana in 1873, Conrad Baker, who had been Governor of the state from 1867 to 1873, replaced him in the firm, and its name became Baker, Hord, and Hendricks. In 1876 T.A. Hendricks re-entered the firm, but no change was made in its name. He retired upon becoming Vice-president of the U.S., March 4, 1885. 1885-1888 saw the deaths of all of the earlier members, Conrad Baker on April 28, 1885; T.A. Hendricks, November 25, 1885; Abram W. Hendricks, 1887; and Oscar B. Hord, January 15, 1888. Upon the death of the latter Albert Baker, son of Conrad Baker, and Edward Daniels, who had previously formed a partnership, succeeded to the firm's practice under the name Baker and Daniels. Mr. Baker was an active member of the firm until 1940.

Scope and Content Note

The Daniels mss., 1869-1920, consists of the papers of Edward Daniels, 1854-1918, lawyer.

The papers of Edward Daniels consist of personal correspondence, 1869-1918; a casebook, 1880; correspondence and documents of the First Presbyterian Church of Indianapolis, 1886-1918, relating primarily to music and blueprints made of the church in November, 1901; correspondence dealing chiefly with the curriculum of Wabash College, the role of the private college, and the admission of women to Wabash College, 1893-1920, of which Daniels was a trustee; and as master in chancery, 1901-1918, correspondence and documents concerned with lawsuits, 1899-1919, referring to railroads, gas companies, and a variety of industries. Among the railroads are the Chicago & Southeastern Railway Company, 1903; Chicago, Indiana and Eastern Railway Company, 1906; Evansville & Terre Haute Railroad Company, 1903; Gary Interurban Railroad Company, 1917; Indianapolis & Louisville Traction Company, 1910-1912; Louisville, Evansville & St. Louis Consolidated Railway Company, 1903; Southern Railway Company, 1903. Other companies represented are Churubusco Water & Light Co., 1903-1904; Consumers Gas Trust Company, 1906; Dering Coal Company, Terre Haute, Indiana, 1915-1917; East Chicago Water Works Company, 1904; German Savings and Loan Association, 1916-1917; Horton Manufacturing Co., Fort Wayne, Indiana, washing machine patent, 1914; Indiana Natural and Illuminating Gas Company, 1906; Kokomo Fence Co., 1901; Lafayette Gas Company, 1906; Logansport & Wabash Valley Gas Company, 1906; Ohio and Indiana Gas Company, 1906; Rude Bros. Manufacturing Co., Liberty, Indiana, patent on horse rakes, 1899-1903; Spencer Stone Co., 1901; Superior Machine Tool Company, 1918; Talga Mahogany Company, 1911; Timken Roller Bearing Axle Company, 1911; Wabash Cabinet Company, 1907; Wabash Chemical and Baking Powder Company, 1902; Williams Soap Company, 1906-1909.

The correspondents include: William B. Austin, Albert Baker, James Bingham, Cornelius Newton Bliss, Wells Howard Blodgett, Paul Negeker Bogart, John H. Bradley, Henry Baker Brown, Rollo Walter Brown, George Tracy Buckingham, George Stockton Burroughs, Noble Chase Butler, Scot Butler, John Lyle Campbell, Wilmer Christian, George Albert Cunningham, Joseph Johnston Daniels, William Holton Dye, Charles Warren Fairbanks, James William Fesler, William Baldwin Fletcher, William Fortune, William Dudley Foulke, Thomas Aikin Goodwin, Orpheus Milton Gregg, Otto Gresham, Addison Clay Harris, Henry G. Hogan, John Hampden Holliday, Martin M. Hugg, James Calhoun Hutchins, William Patterson Kane, James Clyde Kelly, Norton Adams Kent, Hugh Macmaster Kingery, Edward Hussey Knight, Charles Beary Landis, Wallace Rutherford Lane, Henry Zwingli McLain, George Lewis Mackintosh, Thomas Riley Marshall, Chester Bentley Masslich, Gustavus Vasa Menzies, Joseph John Mills, Charles Washington Moores, Finley Pogue Mount, Walter Olds, John Edward Parsons, William Wood Parson, William J. Pattison, Thomas Rice Paxton, John Barton Payne, Douglas Perkins Putnam, Laura Ream, Harley Thomson Ristine, Theodore Harmon Ristine, Henry App Ritter, William Findley Sharpe, Frederick Jont' Stanley, Lucius Burrie Swift, Robert Stewart Taylor, Albert Duy Thomas, William Herbert Thompson, James Gilkey Wedding, William T. Wilson, William Allen Woods, Evans Woollen, William Worthington, and Simon Yandes.

Included is printed material related to legal matters, to the First Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, and to Wabash College.

Note on Indexing Term - "Law": Includes an 1880 casebook and correspondence and documents concerned with lawsuits, 1899-1919, referring to railroads, gas companies and tool companies.


The contents of this collection are organized into four series: I. Correspondence; II. Indianapolis First Presbyterian Church; III. Master in Chancery; IV. Wabash College.


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Preferred Citation

[Item], Daniels mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 1947

Collection Inventory


box 1
box 2
box 3-5


file 1
Blue Prints


box 6
box 7
box 8
box 9
box 10