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Thomas Wistar letterbook


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Thomas Wistar (1798-1876) was born June 23, 1798, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Thomas Sr. and Mary (Waln) Wistar. Wistar was active in Native American affairs, beginning in 1838, and was appointed as an Indian commissioner in 1841. Thomas Wistar married twice. His first wife was Elizabeth Buckley Morris, whom he married in 1822. The couple had two children, and Elizabeth died in 1863. In 1867, Wistar married Mary Richardson. Thomas Wistar died on January 16, 1876, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 78.

Sources: Dictionary of Quaker Biography, Obituary in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.

This collection is comprised of the single volume letterbook of Thomas Wistar. The majority of the letters copied in this volume are personal correspondence between Thomas Wistar and various family members and friends. A few letters included are letters of sympathy from friends and family written upon the death of Thomas Wistar in January, 1876.

The Thomas Wistar letterbook was donated to Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College in 1930 by E.M. Wistar.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
December, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Letterbook, 1875-1876.
Volume 1

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