The Finding-aid for the James Tower Sweringen Collection (VMF165)


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Collection Outline

Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Restrictions

Administrative Information


Collection Outline

Receipts, checks, bills for business and personal accounts, primarily in St. Louis. 1832-1872.

Receipts

Receipts for local newspaper subscriptions. 1835-1870.

George N. Tower, Albany, New York to James T. Sweringen 1836: Nov. 17.

Order from Col. W.H.S. Wallace 1861: Aug. 12.

Power of Attorney to Trusten Polk by Edwin Harrison 1862: May 20.

1864: Aug. 28.

1864: Dec. 22.

Deed of sale 1870: June 30.

Photographs n.d.

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sweringen, James Tower
Title: James Tower Sweringen Collection
Dates: 1832-1872.
Identification: VMF165

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Biographical Note

Sweringen, James Tower, 1806-1872, operating the largest Dry Goods store in St. Louis [Sweringen and Bredell?] - reputed to be the most flourishing in the West - also sat on the Board of Directors of numerous Missouri firms, including the North Missouri Railroad in 1859 and was influential in various St. Louis business and civic activities, holding power of attorney for many prominent citizens.

Barret, Arthur Buckner, 1836-1875, farmer and businessman, married Anna Farrar Sweringen, daughter of James Tower Sweringen. He was an influential business and social leader, becoming president of the Agricultural and Mechanical Fair Association, 1866, and was active in city recreational planning. He was elected Mayor of St. Louis in 1875 but died shortly after taking office.

Harrison, Edwin, 1836-[19--], capitalist, was the son of James Harrison, 1803-1870, who established the firm of Chouteau, Harrison and Valle - (which constructed the largest rolling mill in the west)- and founded the Iron Mountain Railroad Company, c.1852, among other enterprises. Edwin Harrison became president of the above concerns and chairman of the Iron Mountain Company, which his father had helped promote. He was also a geologist, undertaking numerous private and government surveys and explorations.

Polk, Trusten, 1811-1876, lawyer, Governor of Missouri, 1857; U.S. Senator, 1857-1862; Commander in the Confederate Army, 1861; and a military judge for Missouri, 1864-1865.

Many of the persons found among this collection- those above, plus others - are related by marriage, forming in part a group of family papers. The collection does not seem to be related to any other items in Special Collections.

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Scope and Contents Note

Collection contains loose receipts, checks, bills for business and personal accounts, primarily in St. Louis, for J.T. Sweringen and others, including Arthur Buckner Barret, Edwin Harrison and J. Freeman. Also 2 letters and miscellaneous legal documents [55 items] Notes of biographical interest:

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Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

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Administrative Information

Source

Unknown.

Processing Information

Processed: July, 1970, by HH

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Receipts, checks, bills for business and personal accounts, primarily in St. Louis., 1832-1872. (30 items.)

Receipts, checks, bills for business and personal accounts, primarily in St. Louis. Most are consigned to James T. Sweringen, some are copies or duplicates receipted by Sweringen. Several items, c.1860, are apparently endorsed to a W. G. Sweringen, possibly another relative

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Receipts, (19 items.)

Arthur B. Barret, Edwin Harrison, J. Freeman, Dr. Farrar and others. Several of the items are in the name of Chouteau, Harrison and Valle and a list of the firms involved in these transactions include: W.H. Gray and Co., Eugene Jaccard and Co., Scruggs, Vandervoort and Barney, Alexander Leitch and Co., Porter, Worthington and Co., J.B. Orne, Cupples and Marston, Burrows and Jennings;

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Receipts for local newspaper subscriptions., 1835-1870. (11 items.)

Includes receipts for the St. Louis Dispatch, 1870; St. Louis Evening News and Intelligencer, 1860; Alton Observer, 1835-37; Missouri Republican, 1841; St. Louis Commercial Buletin, 1839; St. Louis American, 1841; and the Missouri Argus, 1840.

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George N. Tower, Albany, New York to James T. Sweringen, 1836: Nov. 17. (1 item (2 pp.): ALS)

Autograph letter signed from George N. Tower, Albany, New York to James T. Sweringen containing letter of introduction and recommendation for J. F. Terrill, tailor.

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Order from Col. W.H.S. Wallace, 1861: Aug. 12. (1 item (1 p.): ADS)

Autograph document signed from [Col. W.H.S.] Wallace, Brigade Headquarters, Brides Point, Missouri, containing special order [overseen by] C.W. Hotchkiss, by which Lieut. Col. [Rombrauss or Rombauer] is authorized to return by steamer Louisiana to St. Louis and to report to Major General Fremont.

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Power of Attorney to Trusten Polk by Edwin Harrison, 1862: May 20. (1 item (2 pp.): ADS)

Autograph document signed authorizing power of attorney to Trusten Polk by Edwin Harrison. Written from Santa Fe. Includes list of specific vouchers to be made. Signed [verso] by Edwin Harrison, countersigned and dated, Aug. 18, 1863 by Trusten Polk.

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, 1864: Aug. 28. (1 item (1 p.): ALS)

[William R. Jarrett], Phoenix Insurance Co. of St. Louis to [James T.] Sweringen discussing plans for sales of various lots in downtown St. Louis [in order] to pay the debt of [Mellon of Philadelphia]

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, 1864: Dec. 22. (1 item (1 p.): ALS)

Autograph letter signed[copy] Abraham Lincoln authorizing James Harrison to cross military lines and return. Original is gift of Edwin Harrison to Missouri Historical Society, 1890.

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Deed of sale, 1870: June 30. (1 item (8 pp.))

Deed of sale of German Publishing Company, 211 Market Street to [Henry Laenger] for $20,000 including effects. Attached is inventory of effects as of date of sale, signed by J. Rombauer, President of the company. Printed form and autograph list.

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Photographs, n.d. (7 items.)

Photographs [unidentified] of group of [factory workers]

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