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Samuel Clarke Pomeroy papers

Call Number: MS 1196

Scope and Contents

This collection is made up of subject files containing legal and financial papers of Samuel Clarke Pomeroy, as well as related correspondence. The earliest material consists of bills, receipts, letters, petitions, and other papers stemming from charges of bribery brought against Pomeroy after his reelection to the Senate in 1867 and again in 1873. The remaining subject files all deal with Pomeroy's involvement, as attorney, agent, or investor, in a variety of financial and legal affairs; these are detailed on the folder list which follows. Included in the files are correspondence, agreements, financial documents, and similar papers. The files are arranged chronologically.

These papers came to Yale University with the papers of Edward A. Bowers (Ms. Gr. No. 1194). There is one letter from Bowers in this collection, in folder 10; he appears to have been acting as Mrs. Pomeroy's attorney.


  • 1865-1895


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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Donated along with the Bowers Family Papers (MS 1194) by the Bowers family.


0.5 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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Correspondence, legal and financial papers relating to Samuel Clarke Pomeroy's personal affairs and bribery charges brought against him in the U.S. Senate.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Clarke Pomeroy was a Kansas Free-State advocate and U.S. Senator. He was born in Southampton, Massachusetts, on January 3, 1816. In 1842, he joined the Liberty Party and served in local Massachusetts offices. He moved to Kansas in 1854 and in 1856, became a delegate to first Republican National Convention. Between 1858 and 1859, he served as mayor of Atchison, Kansas. Pomeroy became the first U.S. Senator from Kansas. He opposed Lincoln in 1864, instead promoting Salmon Chase. In 1867 and again in 1873, he was reelected to Senate, but was then charged with bribery and forced to resign. In 1884, he was nominated for president by the American Prohibition National Convention. He died on August 27, 1891.

Guide to the Samuel Clarke Pomeroy Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
August 1983
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
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Finding aid written in English.

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