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Rare Book & Manuscript Library

University of Pennsylvania

3420 Walnut Street, Philadelphia

PA 19104-6206

Description:

In the 1940s the rare books, letters, manuscripts, and ephemera that had found their way into Penn's library collections for the past two hundred years were formally assigned to a department for special collections, known today as the Rare Book & Manuscript Library. This library also contains three special collections.\http://www.library.upenn.edu/rbm/

Categories: William Harrison, James Buchanan, Rutherford B. Hayes,

Collections:
William Henry Harrison. Miscellaneous manuscripts, ca. 1840-1841
Reah Frazer letters, 1826-1856
Hayes, Rutherford b., Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1880

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


William Henry Harrison. Miscellaneous manuscripts, ca. 1840-1841

Letter "to his Excellency William Henry Harrison, President of the United States" recommending Major John Caldwell of Philadelphia for the appointment of Commissary General of Purchases. Signed by 22 members of the Senate and House of Representatives of Pennsylvania.

 

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- William Harrison

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Reah Frazer letters, 1826-1856


1 box (.2 linear foot)
The vast majority of this collection contains letters written to Reah Frazer, largely dealing with county and national politics, local political meetings, and appointments of candidates, as well as the nomination of the Pennsylvania Democrat James Buchanan for president in 1856. Some letters relate to Frazer's law practice and there are several family letters, especially from his brothers Abraham Carpenter Frazer and William Frazer and his sister Mary Clark Frazer, which are more personal in nature. In addition to letters, there are a few newspaper clippings relating to political issues. The letters, which are arranged alphabetically by author, express a great deal of political opinion. Historians of antebellum politics in Pennsylvania will find this collection to be very useful. The scope is fairly narrow, focusing largely on Buchanan's nomination, but the letters also offer information about Democratic party politics, especially at the county level. Reah Frazer, himself, is a fascinating topic of interest, though this collection alone does not provide a thorough view of him or even his political involvement. Instead, researchers will glimpse a few snippets of political opinion from a number of leading Pennsylvania citizens during a turbulent time in American history.
Reah Frazer was a prominent attorney and a leading figure of the Democratic Party in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Born at "Carpenter Hall," in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on June 27, 1804 to William C. and Susannah Carpenter Frazer, Reah Frazer was the third in a line of Frazers who were politically active and worked in the legal profession. Frazer's grandfather, William Frazer (1753-1817) was a veteran of the Revolutionary War and served as a justice of the peace in New Castle County, Delaware; Frazer's father, William C. Frazer (1776-1838), worked as an attorney in Lancaster and served as a Supreme Court judge in Wisconsin territory. Reah Frazer read law in the office of Amos Ellmaker and was admitted to the bar in 1825. According to Alexander Harris, Frazer was "possessed of a very buoyant and impulsive temperament [and] was not long in establishing himself as one of the most conspicuous attorneys of Lancaster, and for many years, and indeed up to a short time before his death, he was employed in most of the important cases that came before the courts of his native county" (Harris, page 217). He was known for his persuasive speeches before the court and during political events, so much so that Harris states, "his efforts were terrific and applause-producing, and he simply bore off the victory by the herculean might of his inflammatory declamation," (Harris, page 217). Despite being one of the most prominent Democratic political figures in Pennsylvania, Frazer "never held office because he never wanted it," (Indiana Gazette, page 15). Politically, Frazer was opposed to the platforms of James Buchanan (1791-1868) and Thaddeus Stevens (1792-1868), both powerful politicians from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Despite his dissatisfaction with these candidates, Frazer remained loyal to the Democratic party. In fact, he was known as the "Lancaster War Horse," and was satirized in the book War horseiana, or An authentic report of the sayings and doings of the war horse and his ponies: from the year 1847 up to the present time: containing their speeches, resolutions, toasts, adventures, communications, dances, songs, etc. written by Tommy Watchem and published in 1851. Frazer married Abby Ann Steel (1821-1887) and was the father of four children: Henry Carpenter Frazer (-1903), Reah Frazer, James P. Frazer (-1905), and Susan Carpenter Frazer (1852-1930). He died in Lancaster, Pennsylvania on December 30, 1856.
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- James Buchanan

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Hayes, Rutherford b., Correspondence with Henry Charles Lea, 1880

2 items (3 leaves)
Draft of a letter from Lea to Hayes, dated December 1876 and an autograph letter of introduction "to the representatives of the United States" for Henry C. Lea, 17 December 1880, from President Hayes.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/63555959

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2 items

Presidential content includes:

- Rutherford B. Hayes

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