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Sullivan-Stewart papers

Call Number: MS 1186

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of letters (1828-1857) to William Stewart, politician of Butler, Pennsylvania, one letter to his wife, Margaret Sullivan, and a few to his daughter Amanda (1841, 1861). The principal writers are Moses and Charles C. Sullivan, also politicians of Butler. Charles was Margaret Stewart's brother, and Moses was also related to her. Their letters are, however, more political than personal. The other correspondents are all Pennsylvanian politicians.

The main segments of the correspondence are:

1829-1838: Moses Sullivan, then State Senator in Harrisburg, to Stewart in Butler

1841: various Pennsylvanian politicians to Stewart, then chief clerk of the Treasury in Harrisburg

1842-1844: Charles Sullivan, then State Senator in Harrisburg, to Stewart in Butler

1854-1855: various Pennsylvanian politicians to Stewart, then State Representative in Harrisburg


  • 1828-1857


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Arthur M. Brown, 1939.


0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Chiefly letters written to William Stewart, lawyer and politician, who was a member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and subsequently a Republican member of Congress from Pennsylvania (1857-1861). The letters, which antedate his service in Congress, are largely from his in-laws, Charles and Moses Sullivan, who were themselves State Senators in Pennsylvania. They discuss Pennsylvania politics and local economic conditions.

Biographical / Historical

William Stewart was born in Mercer, Pennsylvania, on September 10, 1810. He attended public schools and then graduated from Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania, where he began a practice in his hometown of Mercer. Stewart was first a member of the Pennsylvania state congress and was then elected to the United States Congress, where he served two terms (1857-1861). Following his years in congress, Stewart returned to the practice of law. He died in Mercer, on October 17, 1876.

Guide to the Sullivan-Stewart Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
August 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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