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Edwin A. Parrott Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Parrott, Edwin A., 1830-1931

Edwin Augustus Parrott was the son of Thomas Parrott, a merchant from Dayton, Ohio. He was appointed Lieutenant Colonel of the First Ohio Regiment in August 1861 and resigned in February 1864. He was an elected member of the House of Representatives in 1863. Parrott was also the president of the Dayton Malleable Iron Works Company.

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, certificates, and newspaper clippings of Edwin A. Parrott. The correspondence is chiefly with governors or ex-governors of Ohio, or with military officials, dealing with Parrott's appointment as Lieutenant Colonel of the First Regiment of Ohio Volunteers. Correspondents include C. P. Buckingham, Ohio governor Thomas Corwin, Ohio governor William Dennison, Jr., Alexander McCook, Ohio district attorney Robert Cumming Schenck, John Sherman, Henry Stanberry, secretary of war Edwin McMasters Stanton, and Ohio governor David Tod. Included are a letter by Thomas Parrott to his children (Sarah, Marcus, and Edwin), dated 1837, and a letter from Edwin Parrott to his father relating events from the battlefield during the American Civil War. There is an address by the women of Dayton, Ohio, in which they present Parrott with the American flag in appreciation of his patriotism, and Parrott's acceptance letter for the flag. Also included are several letters of recommendation for Parrott, including one signed by Ohio governor and U.S. president Rutherford B. Hayes, as well as other letters from soldiers in his regiment asking him not to resign. In addition, there is an envelope addressed to Col. Edwin A. Parrott in Princeton, N.J., postmarked 5 January 1912; however, the letter itself is missing.

Among the manuscripts is a speech (45 leaves) given by Parrott during the centennial celebration period of Ohio. In it Parrott recalls the history of Ohio one hundred years earlier, when wealthy individuals came from New Jersey, such as Nicholas Longworth, and laid the foundation for agriculture and industry in the state; other subjects include the abolition of slavery in Ohio, the effect the Miami Canal had on the transportation of manufactured goods, and the building of schools, libraries, hospitals, and railroads. There is a holograph manuscript (5 leaves) titled "Report of Fights at Dog Walk near Lawrenceburg, K.Y., Oct. 1862, in which I commanded." Also included is a draft manuscript (7 leaves) written in pencil about the prohibition of slavery. In addition, there are several membership certificates of organizations to which Parrot belonged and newspaper clippings about him.

Folders are arranged by form/genre.

Gift of Edwin Parrott's son, Thomas Marc Parrott, in January, 1952.

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1850-1910. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Letter from Thomas Parrott Esq. to His Daughter Sarah and His Son Edwin, 1837. 1 folder.
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1 folder

"Report of Fights at Dog Walk Near Lawrenceberg, KY, Oct. 1862, in Which I Commanded", 1862. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Address by the Women of Dayton, OH, Presenting Parrott with the American Flag, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Parrott's Speech Delivered at the Ohio Centennial Celebration, 1903. 1 folder.
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1 folder

military and Naval Certificates of Parrott, an Unidentified Manuscript, and Newspaper Clippings, 1886-1917. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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