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Henry Waldron papers

Identifier: 00005

Scope and Contents

The Henry Waldron papers include correspondence, financial statements and speeches covering the years 1832-1881.

There is much material of general historical interest scattered throughout the collection. Most of it relates to Hillsdale County, Michigan. There are several items of particular historical interest. There are two letters dated May 1838 from Henry W. Johnson and Stephen Brophy, Patriot invaders, then in Toronto Prison. There is a letter dated October 24, 1871 from the Detroit Central Relief Committee, an organization for aiding forest fire victims. A note from the Secretary of the Treasury dated February 7, 1872 relates to a proposed assay office at Helena, Montana. There are two letters from 1873 and one dated 1878 from Adolph Sutro of the Sutro Tunnel Company of Comstock Lode fame. There is a letter dated March 23, 1858 from William Goodell of the American Abolition Society.

As a congressman, Waldron corresponded with many leading state and national politicians of the time. A list of correspondence from many of these persons follows on the next page.

In addition to letters from politicians there are several other items of political interest. A letter from H. Parker dated October 29, 1837 describes a speech by Daniel Webster. A letter from Abner Pratt dated October 29, 1852 refers to the Election of 1852 and Webster's death. He laments the latter as marking the end of the era of great men. Letters from H. Mead dated February 22 and March 10, 1851 refer to state politics in Lansing. A letter from Fitz Henry Warren (transcribed by his clerk Fisher A. Foster in Washington, D.C.) dated October 18, 1852 refers to Whig party fortunes in Ohio. And a letter from the publisher of the Northern Tribune of Cheboygan, Michigan dated July 10, 1876 thanks Waldron for securing passage of a bill providing lights for its harbor.

Notable Correspondents

  • Baldwin, Henry P. -- November 14, 1871 - a pardon;
  • Bingham, Kinsley -- October 24, 1856-July 8, 1858;
  • Burrows, Julius -- October 12, 1872-April 27, 1877;
  • Campbell, Lewis D. -- November 16, 1854;
  • Chandler, Zachariah -- October 9, 1854-August 20, 1878;
  • Christiancy, Isaac Peckham -- December 15, 1855-July 23, 1875;
  • Colfax, Schuyler -- October 16, 1852-July 5, 1874;
  • Floyd, John B. -- February 11, 1858 - note in response to request for materials while Floyd was Secretary of War;
  • Luce, Cyrus -- January 28, 1869;
  • Marcy, William L. -- March 22, 1856;
  • Stebbins, Cortland -- one undated letter.


  • Creation: 1832 - 1881


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical Note

Waldron was born in Albany, New York on October 11, 1819. He attended both Albany Academy and Rutgers College, graduating from the latter in 1836. In 1837 he moved to Michigan where he found employment as a civil engineer in railroad work. In 1843 Waldron became a member of the state legislature as director of the Michigan Southern Railroad from 1846-1848. Waldron actively promoted the construction of the Detroit, Hillsdale, and Southwestern Railroad and served as its first president. He also served as president of the Second National Bank of Hillsdale from the date of its founding until 1876. In 1876 he became president of the First National Bank of Hillsdale, a position he held until his death on September 13, 1880.

Waldron was also active in national politics. After serving in the Michigan legislature, he served as a presidential elector on the Whig ticket of Taylor and Fillmore in 1848. From 1855-1861 he was elected as a Republican candidate to the House of Representatives. He returned to the House ten years later and held this post until 1877 when he declined to be a candidate for renomination.


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Custodial History

Gift of Charles N. Waldron, transferred by the MSU Museum.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Henry Waldron Papers
4 Published And Cataloged
W. McDaid
October 1979
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Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

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