Joseph Franklin Culver Papers
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Scope and Contents
The Joseph Franklin Culver Papers consist of approximately 408 items and date from March 1, 1860 to July 21, 1900. All the correspondence is arranged chronologically. The majority of letters were written by Joseph Culver to his wife, Mary Murphy Culver.
- Creation: 1860-1900
- Creation: Majority of material found within 1860-1864
- Culver, Joseph Franklin (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Joseph Franklin Culver (1834 -- 1899) served with the Illinois 129th Infantry Regiment, Company A (August 1862 -- June 1865), first as a lieutenant and later as captain. Culver was engaged in banking, insurance, and the practice of law in Pontiac, Illinois, before the war. After his return he served two years as mayor of Pontiac and four years as county judge in Livingston County. In 1879, he moved his family to Emporia, Kansas, where he continued his career in banking and law.
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Language of Materials
Civil War soldier, lawyer, and banker. Letters about his military service with the Illinois 129th Infantry Regiment, and his life after the war as a lawyer and banker in Illinois and Kansas. Letters Written During the Civil War (Friends of the University of Iowa Library, 1978). These letters were published as Leslie W. Dunlap, editor, Your Affectionate Husband, J.F. Culver: Letters Written During the Civil War (Friends of the University of Iowa Library, 1978).
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of John C. Culver in 1978.
- Culver, Mary, 1842-1920 (Person)
- United States Army. Illinois Infantry 129th Regiment, 1862-1865 (Organization)
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