MsC 18

  Manuscript Register


Collection Dates: 1844 -- 1856
1 file folder
(Shares a box with MsC 9 -- 18)

This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
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Posted to Internet: January 1998

Acquisition Note: These letters were given to the University of Iowa Libraries by Alice A. Guller in 1959.

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Biographical Note

Born in New York, William H. Ingham (1827-1914) moved west in 1849. He traveled through parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota before settling in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1851. There he worked as a surveyor and later as a banker. In 1855, Ingham secured a claim in Kossuth County, Iowa. He settled there permanently, becoming the second white pioneer in the county. William Ingham organized the first bank in Kossuth County and served as its president for many years. He was also president of the County Historical Society.

Scope and Content

The papers of William H. Ingham consist of six items. Five letters are from William to his brother Erastus and one letter to Erastus from their brother Samuel. William’s letters describe life in Iowa in the 1850s. He tells of the plentiful wildlife, the new areas being surveyed, and of the business opportunities available to settlers.


Samuel Ingham to Erastus Ingham, 1 letter.

William H. Ingham to Erastus Ingham, 5 letters.