Collection 175 [April 2, 2001]
Tappan, Benjamin; 1773-1857
11 Reels of Microfilm
According to the guide published by the Library of Congress from whom this microfilm was
purchased, the status of the literary rights in the unpublished writings of Benjamin Tappan in
these papers is unknown.
Full name: Benjamin Tappan
Birth date: May 23, 1773
Birth place: Northampton, Massachusetts
Father: Benjamin Tappan, Sr.
Brothers: Arthur, Lewis, Charles, John, and William
Marital Status: 1801: Married Nancy Wright (died, 1822)
1823: Married Betsy Ford Frazer (died, 1840)
Education: Educated in public elementary schools
Apprenticed to a copperplate printer and engraver
Made a voyage to the West Indies
Studied portrait painting briefly under Gilbert Stuart
Studied law under Gideon Granger
Admitted to the bar at Hartford, Connecticut
|1799||Became first settler of what is now Portage County, Ohio|
|1801||Settled in Ravenna, Ohio|
|1803-1805||Member of Ohio State Senate|
|1809||Moved to Steubenville where he continued to practice law|
|1812||Served as an aide-de-camp to major general Elijah Wadsworth during the War of 1812|
|1816-1823||Presided as judge of the Fifth Circuit Court of Common Pleas|
|1823||Returned to private practice|
|ca.1823||Appointed as member of the Ohio Canal Commission|
|1826-1833||Served as Federal district judge|
|1831||Publication of Cases Decided in the Courts of Common, in the Fifth Circuit of ... Ohio (Steubenville, printed by J. Wilson, 300 pp., previously printed in parts, 1818-1819)|
|1832||Served as Democratic Presidential elector supporting Andrew Jackson and Martin van Buren|
|1839-1845||Member of U. S. Senate from Ohio|
|1856||Supported John C. Fremont for President|
|1857||Died April 20 in Steubenville, Ohio|
[The preceding biographical information was taken directly from the guide published for the
microfilm by the Library of Congress.]
Scope and Content
[The following Scope and Content note is taken directly from the guide published for the microfilm by the Library of Congress.]
The papers of Benjamin Tappan span the years 1795 to 1900 and consist of correspondence, notes, speeches, financial and legal papers, and miscellaneous material.
Correspondence, which constitutes the bulk of Benjamin Tappan's papers, relates to his law practice, his activities in the anti-slavery movement, and to Ohio and national politics, especially during the Jacksonian period. An extensive family correspondence includes letters from his several brothers (Arthur, Charles, John, Lewis, and William), from his father, Benjamin, Sr., wife, Nancy, and brother-in-law, John Crafts Wright.
Benjamin Tappan's interest in conchology and mineralogy is also well documented. A partial index to the correspondence is contained in the Miscellany series. Included among principal correspondents are William Allen, John Gould Anthony, M[athew?] Birchard, Ethan Allen Brown, John C. Bryan, William H. Cabell, David Clendenin, DeWitt Clinton, James D. Dana, David F. Disney, Joseph Drayton, Ogden E. Edwards, George H. Flood, Augustus A. Gould, Charles Hammond, John Hastings, Elijah Hayward, Joshua Leavitt, Samuel Medary, William Medill, Marcus Morton, Francis Joseph Nicholas Neef, Lucy W. Say, John Sloane, Edwin M. Stanton, and Elisha Whittlesey.
A small Subject File consists of additional correspondence, and notes, petitions, and printed
matter, relating to slavery, conchology, and other matters. The remainder of the papers includes
printed speeches, bills and receipts, indentures, plats, briefs, acts, a certificate, newspaper
clippings, notes, and miscellaneous items.
The microfilm in this collection was purchased from the Library of Congress in April 1981.
Type of Material: Microfilm
The following items are located in the CENTER LIBRARY MICROFILM ROOM:
All reels are 35mm, positive copy.
Reel 1 - 1795-1811
Reel 2 - 1811-1822
Reel 3 - 1819-1830
Reel 4 - 1827-1836
Reel 5 - 1834-1840
Reel 6 - 1840-1842
Reel 7 - 1842-1844
Reel 8 - 1844-1846
Reel 9 - 1846-1900, n.d.
|Reel 10||Subject File
Financial and Legal Papers