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Orme, William W. and David Davis Papers


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Title: Orme, William W. and David Davis Papers, 1852-1894

Collection identifier: 165

Primary Creator: Orme, William W (1832-1866)

Other Creators: Davis, David (1815-1886)

Extent: 0.7 cubic feet

Subjects: Davis, David, 1815-1886, Drummond, Thomas, 1809-1890, Elections, Illinois--Politics and government, Lamon, Ward Hill, 1828-1893, Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, McLean County--Bloomington (Ill.), Military, Orme, William Ward, 1832-1866, Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1835-1914, Swett, Leonard, 1825-1889, United States--Civil War, 1861-1865, United States--Politics and government

Forms of Material: Personal papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection consists of correspondence primarily written to William W. Orme, a lawyer and Civil War general, and David Davis, a Supreme Court Judge appointed by Abraham Lincoln, both of Bloomington, Illinois, as well as their wives and families.

William W. Orme (1832-1866) lived in Bloomington, McLean County, Illinois, where he practiced law at the firm Swett & Orme with law partner Leonard Swett (1825-1881). During the Civil War, Orme entered the 94th Illinois Volunteer Infantry (known as the "McLean Regiment") and later served as brigadier general. He was a friend of David Davis, a politician and Circuit Court Judge from Bloomington, Illinois, who served on the Eighth Circuit Court, where Lincoln brought cases as a lawyer. In 1862, Davis was appointed by Lincoln to the United States Supreme Court. Both Orme and Davis were early associates and supporters of Abraham Lincoln and played an integral role in his presidential election in 1860.

This collection contains personal and political correspondence written to William W. Orme of Bloomington, Illinois. Primary correspondents are Illinois lawyers and political figures, Ward Hill Lamon, Leonard Swett, and Judge David Davis. Correspondents discussed Illinois and national politics during the Civil War, legal and business affairs, and military and personal matters. Several letters discuss the death of William McCullough, a Civil War Colonel and the father-in-law of William Orme, an event that caused Abraham Lincoln to write his famed letter to McCullough's bereaved daughter, Fanny McCullough (sister-in-law of Orme). Also included is a draft of a speech for the 1860 presidential campaign, likely written by Orme; notes on the voting records of Owen Lovejoy and Richard Yates pertaining to Illinois Black laws (1858).

The collection also includes letters written to Judge David Davis and his second wife, Adeline Burr Davis Green, from correspondents such as Ward Hill Lamon, Leonard Swett, Adlai and Letitia Stevenson, and Thomas Drummond. Additional letters from Adlai and Letitia Stevenson written to Adeline Burr Davis Green and her second husband, Col. Wharton Jackson Green, are also in the collection. Box 1 contains original letters as bound by the Library, while Box 2 contains typescripts.

Lucy Orme Morgan, daughter of William W. Orme, donated the collection to the Illinois Historical Survey, predecessor to the Illinois History and Lincoln Collections, in 1930 and 1931.

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Davis, David, 1815-1886
Drummond, Thomas, 1809-1890
Illinois--Politics and government
Lamon, Ward Hill, 1828-1893
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865
McLean County--Bloomington (Ill.)
Orme, William Ward, 1832-1866
Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1835-1914
Swett, Leonard, 1825-1889
United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
United States--Politics and government

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Repository: Illinois History and Lincoln Collections

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URL: https://files.archon.library.illinois.edu/ihlcsfa/orme-davis.pdf

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