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Collection
George Steinman Papers
Title
George Steinman Papers, Series 1 and 2
Object ID
MG0184
Date Range
1738-1955
  2 documents  
Collection
George Steinman Papers
Title
George Steinman Papers, Series 1 and 2
Description
The George Steinman Papers, Series 1 contains an album, compiled by George Steinman, with many photographs of buildings, tombstones, monuments and scenes of Lancaster city and county. Ephemera and newspaper articles are among the photographs. Represented in the album are Postlethwaite's Tavern, hotels and taverns, fire houses, the Conestoga massacre, churches, cemeteries, Ephrata Cloister, prominent citizens and their homes, Stehli Silk Mill, and schools. The four boxes contain orginal correspondence, documents, photographs and ephemera or and pertaining to the same subject matter as the album.
The George Steinman Papers, Series 2 is a collection of original correspondence, documents, photographs, and ephemera primarily compiled by George Steinman. The contents of Series 2 represent Lancaster city and county events, prominent citizens, buildings, monuments, churches, cemeteries, schools, and businesses. Most of what Steinman collected relates to 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania, highlighting Lancaster and Philadelphia. One of the key events highlighted is the Revolutionary war; with documents and images related to Philadelphia, George Washington, the Atlee family, and General Edward Hand. There are images relating to the Christiana Riot and to various buildings in early Lancaster; including but not limited to the Old Jail, the British Prison, and Postlethwaite's Tavern. Also included in the collection is currency printed by Benjamin Franklin in Philadelphia in 1764, and Confederate States currency and bonds.
System of Arrangement
This collection is divided into two series:
Series 1 The Steinman Album
Series 2 Documents, Photographs, Ephemera
Date Range
1738-1955
Year Range From
1738
Year Range To
1955
Date of Accumulation
ca. 1860-1920
Creator
Steinman, George Michael, 1847-1920
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
Storage Wall
Side 04
People
Altee, John
André, John
Appel, T. Roberts
Armstrong, Elizabeth
Atlee, Samuel John
Atlee, Washington Lemuel
Atlee, William Augustus
Atlee, William Pitt
Baer, John
Baily, Francis
Bair, Daniel
Baker, James G.
Baldwin, Edith L.
Barr, Elias
Barton, Thomas
Bausman, Elizabeth
Bausman, William
Bear, Henry
Beck, Herbert Huebener
Beck, Martin
Beecher, William C.
Beissel, Conrad
Beissel, John Conrad
Bender, Henry
Bethel, Samuel
Bezellon, Martha Coombe
Bezellon, Peter
Boehm, Henry
Boyle, Philip
Breneman, Benjamin Franklin
Breneman, Gideon
Breneman, Franklin Henry
Broll, John
Brown, J. H.
Bryan, George
Buchanan, James
Buchmiller, Dulon Frank
Burkhart, Anna Margarita
Burkhart, George
Burrowes, Francis Smith
Burrowes, Thomas Henry
Burt, Nathaniel
Calder, George, Jr.
Cameron, James
Carpenter, John
Carpenter, William
Cheves, Langdon
Clay, Henry
Clemson, James
Coleman, Elizabeth
Coleman, Robert
Coleman, William
Cope, Caleb
Cope, Thomas P.
Cox, John
Crawford, James
Crowel, Mary R.
Damant, James
Davis, Benjamin Franklin
Dering, Henry
Detwiler, Thomas Craig
Diffenbaugh, Henry
Diffenderfer, Milton Hess
Diffenderffer, Frank Reid
Diller, Graybill
Donnley, Felix
Downing, Samuel
Dufresne, Samuel
Duvel, P. S.
Eberly, Michael
Edge, Walter Warren
Eichholtz, Jacob
Ellicott, Andrew
Elliot, Robert
Ellmaker, Nathaniel
Eshleman, Frank
Fahnestock, Samuel
Ferree, Philip
Fordney, Melchoir
Forney, J. A.
Fox, Cyrus
Frailey, Jacob
Franklin, George F.
Franklin, Walter
Fraser, Susan
Frazer, Reah
Fulton, Robert
Funck, John
Funk, John
Galbreath, John
Geist, M. W.
Germon, W. L.
Gill, William
Gingrich, Amos
Graff, Andreas
Grant, Hamilton
Graybill, Jacob
Groff, John M.
Groff, Sebastian
Grosh, John
Grove, Annie C.
Grubb, Daisy
Grubb, Peter
Hager, Walter C.
Haldeman, Samuel Steman
Hall, Charles
Hamilton, Andrew
Hamilton, James
Hammond, Frederick W.
Hamond, E. R.
Hand, Edward
Hand, John
Hand, Mollie
Harpel, Charlotte
Hayes, Alexander Laws
Hazen, Moses
Heinitsh, August
Heintzelman, Samuel Peter
Heister, Joseph
Henderson, Barton
Henderson, Thomas G.
Henry, John Joseph
Hensel, George Washington, Jr.
Hensel, William Uhler
Herr, Christian
Herr, Hans
Herr, Rudy
Hews, George H.
Hoffnagle, Peter
Hood, Alexander H.
Hostetter, Albert Keller
Hughes, Edward
Hutter, Christian
Jacobs, Cyrus
Jenkins, David
Jenkins, William
Kevinski, John B.
King, George H.
Kirkpatrick, William
Konigmacher, Joseph
Kroome, Hiram
Krug, George
Kuhn, Simon
Kuhn, Simon Adam
Landis, David Bachman
Landis, David H.
Landis, Harry
Landis, Jacob
Light, John B.
Lightner, Michael
Lincoln, Abraham
Lippold, John W.
Loeb, Jacob
Long, Henry Grimler
Long, Isaac
Lowery, Alexander
Lowery, Lazarus
Ludlow, Robert Fulton
Magee, David Francis
Marshall, Christopher
Marshall, John
Martin, C. H.
Mason, S.
Mathiot, John
Matlack, Timothy
Mayer, Christian B.
McCaskey, John Piersol "Jack"
McClain, Francis Bernard
McClellan, George Brinton
McCormick, D. R.
McFarquahr, Colin
McGrann, Bernard John
Melsheimmer, Frederick Valentine
Metzger, Samuel H.
Mifflin, Thomas
Miller, Dave "Devil"
Miller, John
Miller, Susanna
Mishler, Benjamin
Montgomery, John R.
Montgomery, William
Morton, William Augustus
Mulhatten, Barney
Musser, Yost
Myers, Albert
Mylin, Martin
Neff, John
Nevin, John D.
North, Hugh McAlister
Old, James
Parks, Jake
Pastor, John
Peiper, William L.
Penn, William
Pitt, William
Porter, Andrew
Porter, George B.
Pyle, Howard
Ramsey, David
Raub, Galen John Peoples
Reigart, Adam
Reigart, Emanuel C.
Reilly, Mary Gertrude Costigan
Reinmansnyder, Helen
Reynolds, George Nelson
Reynolds, John Fulton
Reynolds, William
Rogers, Milton C.
Rose, Frederick
Ross, George
Ross, Patton
Sauber, Charles Alvin
Sener, Samuel Miller
Seyfert, Augustus G.
Shober, Emanuel
Shreiner, Philip
Slaymaker, Henry
Slaymaker, Henry Edwin
Slaymaker, L.
Slaymaker, William
Sloane, S.
Slough, Elizabeth
Smith, Charles
Snavely, Harry H.
Stahr, John Summers
Stambauch, Samuel
Stauffer, David McNeely
Stedman, Alexander
Steinman, George Michael
Stevens, Thaddeus
Stiegel, Henry William
Strong Wolf, Chief
Summy, Levi
Sutter, John Augustus
Tener, John C.
Thornburg, Robert
Todd, Charles
Tomlinson, George
Urban, John
Vogan, John
Washington, George
Webb, James
West, Benjamin
Wharton, Thomas
Whiteside, John
Wiley, William
Williamson, Henry Stackhouse
Willson, George Bolivar
Willson, John
Winover, Peter
Wise, Charles
Wise, John
Witmer, Abraham
Witmer, David
Witmer, Esther Elizabeth
Worner, William Frederic
Wright, James
Wright, John
Yeates, Catharine
Yeates, Jasper
Zahm, Godfried
Zahm, Mathias
Zahm, Samuel H.
Zantzinger, Paul
Zehmer, Anthony
Zinzendorf, Nicholaus
Subjects
Ephemera
Photographs
Scrapbooks
Search Terms
Abbeville (Historic estate)
Abbeville Mill
Advent Lutheran Church
Albright's Transportation Depot
All Saints Episcopal Church
American Hose Company
Balloons
Bangor Episcopal Church
Berks County Historical Society
Binkley's Bridge
Bird-In-Hand Friends Meetinghouse
Boehm's Chapel
Buch Tavern
Buchanan Park
Caledonia Furnace
Carpenter's Union Church
Cat Tavern
Cemeteries
Central Cigar Store
Chalices
Chestnut Level Presbyterian Church
Christ Lutheran Church
Christian Herr House
Christiana Resistance
Churches
Clare Point Stock Farm
Columbia - Wrightsville Bridge
Columbia Friends Meetinghouse
Conestoga Furnace
Conestoga Glue Factory
Conestoga Navigation Company
Conestoga wagon
Cosgrove's Tavern
County House
Courthouses
Covered bridges
Disasters
Donegal Presbyterian Church
Downing's Mill
Eagle Hotel
Eden Iron Works
Edge Tool Forge
Elizabeth Furnace
Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Engleside, Lancaster Twp.
Ephemera
Ephrata Cloister
Ephrata Mountain Springs Hotel
Exchange Hotel
Feagleyville
Federal Hall
Finding aids
Fire departments
Fires
First National Store
First Presbyterian Church, Lancaster
First Reformed Church, Lancaster
Fites Eddy Hotel
Fountain Inn
Franklin and Marshall College
Franklin College
Franklin House
Fulton Cotton Mill
General Sutter Inn
Golden Swan Hotel
Grace Lutheran Church
Graeff's Landing
Grape Tavern
Gravestones
Graveyards
Green Cottage
Grubb Mansion
Halfway House
Hans Herr House
Hardwicke
Harmony Hall
Heinitsh Drug Store
Historical markers
Hope Episcopal Church
Hopewell Forge
Hotels
Humane Fire Company
Humes Woolen Mill
Hutter's Folly
Indian Queen Tavern
Indigenous peoples
J. B. Distillery
Keener's Mill
Kepler Lodge
Krug House
Lafayette Hill
Lamb Tavern
Lamparter's Row
Lancaster Academy
Lancaster County Courthouse
Lancaster County Historical Society
Lancaster County National Bank
Lancaster County Prison
Lancaster Curling Club
Lancaster Fencibles
Lancaster Moravian Church
Landisville Mennonite Meetinghouse
Leacock Presbyterian Church
Linden Hall
Lititz Moravian Church
Manuscript groups
Marietta and Susquehanna Trading Company
Markets
Martic Forge, Martic Twp.
Martin Meylin's Gunshop
Masonic halls
Masonic lodges
Massasoit Hall
Mechanics Library
Mellinger Mennonite Church
Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church
Millersville Academy
Millersville State Normal School
Millersville University
Mills
Mischler's Exchange
Mishler's Beer Garden
Montgomery House
Monuments
Moss Cigar Factory
Mount Bethel Mansion
Mount Hope Furnace
Native Americans
Odd Fellows Hall
Old City Hall
Old Welsh Graveyard
Paper mills
Parish houses
Paxton Boys
Penn Square
Pennsbury Manor
Pennsylvania Railroad
Pequea Presbyterian Church
Petroglyphs
Photographs
Plough Tavern
Poole Forge
Postlethwaite's Tavern
Powder houses
Practical Farmer Hotel
Ranck's Mill
Reigart's Landing
Reigart's Old Wine Store
Relay Hotel
Revolutionary War
Rock Ford
Ruth's Fine Groceries
Sadsbury Friends Meetinghouse
Safe Harbor Rolling Mill
Schools
Scrapbooks
Shiffler Fire Company
Ship Tavern
Shippen School
Sign of the Bull Tavern
Sign of the Hat Tavern
Sorrel Horse Hotel
St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
St. James Episcopal Church
St. John's Episcopal Church
St. John's Lutheran Church
St. John's United Church of Christ
St. Mary's Catholic Church
St. Michael's Lutheran Church
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
St. Peter's Catholic Church
Stamps
Stehli Silk Mill
Stock certificates
Strasburg Academy
Strasburg Mennonite Cemetery
Strasburg Methodist Episcopal Church
Sunflower Inn
Swamp Church
Swan Hotel
Tavern signs
Taverns
Ten Hour House
Three Crowns Tavern
Trinity Lutheran Church
Union Bethel Church
Union Fire Company
Union Hotel
Valley Forge, Chester County, Pennsylvania
Vermont Historical Society
Voganville Hotel
Wabank House
Washington Hotel
Washington Memorial Chapel
Waterloo Tavern
Waterworks
Watt and Shand
Weaverland Mennonite Church
Wheatland
White Horse Hotel
White Swan Hotel
William Pitt Tavern
Windsor Forge
Witmer's Bridge
Witness Tree
Woodward Hill Cemetery
F. W. Woolworth Co.
York Furnace
Young Men's Christian Association
Zion Lutheran Church
Extent
1 scrapbook, 4 boxes, 112 folders, 3.5 cubic ft.
Object Name
Archive
Language
English
Object ID
MG0184
Location of Originals
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Copies
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Notes
Preferred Citation: Title or description of item, date (day, month, year), Collection Title (MG#), Series #, Box #, Folder #, (or Object ID), LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. URL if applicable. Date accessed (day, month, year).
"Mr. Geo. Steinman who started this collection of pictures. This book was presented to the Lanc. Co. Historical Society after his death by Mr. Geo. S. Franklin."
John M. Gibson is recorded as the donor, 1968, in LancasterHistory's accession records.
LancasterHistory is committed to preserving and providing access to materials chronicling Lancaster County's heritage. As a historical resource, this document reflects the racial prejudices and actions of the era. In order to maintain the historical integrity and context of collection items, LancasterHistory does not censor historical documents or edit language, titles, or organization names when transcribing original content.
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available.
The use of the original album is restricted. Please contact Research@LancasterHistory.org with questions.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only. Please contact Research@LancasterHistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Other Numbers
MG-184
Classification
MG0184
Description Level
Fonds
Custodial History
Series 1 processed and finding aid prepared PK and MSH, 2008. Series 2 finding aid prepared by JE, 2018. Added to database 20 July 2021.
Digitization of this document was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # C980002119, 2021-2024.
Documents
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Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 2 Papers of Harriet Lane Johnston
Series 5 Miscellaneous Materials
Object ID
JBFP Part 2 Series 5
  1 document  
Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 2 Papers of Harriet Lane Johnston
Series 5 Miscellaneous Materials
Description
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 2 Harriet Lane Johnston, Series 5 contains miscellaneous materials. These materials include sheet music from various publishers, Congressional resolutions upon the death of James Buchanan, and school essays by Harriet Lane.
Admin/Biographical History
Born on May 9, 1830, Harriet Lane was the youngest surviving child of Elliot Toll Lane and Jane Buchanan Lane. When both of her parents died of consumption, now known as tuberculosis, Harriet went on to be her Uncle James Buchanan's ward in 1841. A well-educated lady, Harriet attended several boarding schools before graduating from the Georgetown Academy of Visitation Convent at the age of 18. When James Buchanan served as the U.S. Minister to Great Britain, Harriet Lane joined him for a time and served as a hostess. During her time in England, which she noted as "the realization of a beautiful dream," she befriended none other than Queen Victoria. When her Uncle assumed the presidency, Harriet Lane assumed her role as hostess. She is considered the first First Lady, as the title had initially been given to the president's hostess during Harriet's time in Washington.
After Buchanan's presidency, Harriet Lane married Henry Elliot Johnston, a banker from Baltimore, on January 11, 1866. She was 35 years old. The couple went on to have two sons, both of whom would pass away from rheumatic fever in their early teenage years. Two years after losing her youngest son, Harriet lost her husband to pneumonia. By 1884, Harriet was a childless widow. She would go on to leave a legacy for generations to come, including establishing a children's hospital in Baltimore called The Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children (today the Harriet Lane Clinic at the John's Hopkins Children's Hospital), preserving her Uncle's letters and manuscripts, bestowing her art collection to the Corcoran Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and constructing the St. Alban's School, a school for choir boys. She died on July 3, 1903. [https://www.lancasterhistory.org/about-wheatland/, accessed 10/24/2019]
System of Arrangement
JBFP Part 2 Series 5 Miscellaneous Materials
Year Range From
1849
Year Range To
1868
Creator
Johnston, Harriet Lane, 1830-1903
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
People
Johnston, Harriet Lane
Other Creators
James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)
Subjects
Essays
Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)
Search Terms
James Buchanan
Harriet Lane Johnston
Buchanan Collections
Resolutions
Wheatland
Essays
Finding aids
Manuscript groups
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
7 folders
Object Name
Archive
Music, Sheet
Essay
Language
English
Object ID
JBFP Part 2 Series 5
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries, https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
James Buchanan Collection, MG0096
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available.
Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material. Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Description Level
Series
Custodial History
The James Buchanan Family Papers were collected by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland. This collection was relocated from the Wheatland mansion to the LancasterHistory archives in the Spring of 2009. Digitization of the James Buchanan Family Papers was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
Documents
Less detail
Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 7 Jonathan Messersmith Foltz
Title
Letter [to James Buchanan] from J. M. Foltz
Object ID
JBFP 7.1.1.020
Date Range
1848/08/22
  2 documents     4 images  
Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 7 Jonathan Messersmith Foltz
Title
Letter [to James Buchanan] from J. M. Foltz
Description
Letter [to James Buchanan] from J. M. Foltz describing Foltz’s visit to the springs at Bedford and updating him on the President, who is also visiting. Bedford Springs, Pa.
Date Range
1848/08/22
Creator
Foltz, Jonathan Messersmith, 1810-1877
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
Storage Container
JBFP Part 7, Box 1
People
Foltz, Jonathan Messersmith
Buchanan, James
Subjects
Bedford Springs (Pa.)
Presidents--United States
Letters
Search Terms
Correspondence
Letters
Bedford Springs, Pennsylvania
Presidents
James Buchanan
Buchanan Collections
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 item, 4 pages to scan, 18.5 x 22.5 cm.
Object Name
Letter
Language
English
Parent Object ID
JBFP Part 7 Series 1
Object ID
JBFP 7.1.1.020
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections,
http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress,
https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
MG-96 James Buchanan Collection
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
Notes
May 2020 PastPerfect Conversion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available. Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material.
Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Accession Number
JBMS1995.736
Other Number
JBFP Part 7, Series 1, Subseries 1, Folder 20
Description Level
Item
Custodial History
The James Buchanan Family Papers were collected by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland. This collection was relocated from the Wheatland mansion to the LancasterHistory archives in the Spring of 2009. Digitization of the James Buchanan Family Papers was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
Images
Documents
Less detail
Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 2 Papers of Harriet Lane Johnston, Series 1 Correspondence
Object ID
JBFP Part 2 Series 1
  1 document  
Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 2 Papers of Harriet Lane Johnston, Series 1 Correspondence
Description
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 2 Papers of Harriet Lane Johnston, Series 1 contains the correspondence of Harriet Lane Johnston.
Subseries 1 contains letters written by Harriet to James Buchanan, Lily Macalester and Charles Macalester, Lois Buchanan, Hiram B. Swarr, Mary Speer, and others from 1848-1902.
Subseries 2 contains letters written to Harriet from Captain W. R. Palmer, Alfred Pleasanton, Laura Pleasanton, Isaac E. Hiester and others from 1854 to 1897, including several describing Washington, D.C. in 1861.
Admin/Biographical History
Born on May 9, 1830, Harriet Lane was the youngest surviving child of Elliot Toll Lane and Jane Buchanan Lane. When both of her parents died of consumption, now known as tuberculosis, Harriet went on to be her Uncle James Buchanan's ward in 1841. A well-educated lady, Harriet attended several boarding schools before graduating from the Georgetown Academy of Visitation Convent at the age of 18. When James Buchanan served as the U.S. Minister to Great Britain, Harriet Lane joined him for a time and served as a hostess. During her time in England, which she noted as "the realization of a beautiful dream," she befriended none other than Queen Victoria. When her Uncle assumed the presidency, Harriet Lane assumed her role as hostess. She is considered the first First Lady, as the title had initially been given to the president's hostess during Harriet's time in Washington.
After Buchanan's presidency, Harriet Lane married Henry Elliot Johnston, a banker from Baltimore, on January 11, 1866. She was 35 years old. The couple went on to have two sons, both of whom would pass away from rheumatic fever in their early teenage years. Two years after losing her youngest son, Harriet lost her husband to pneumonia. By 1884, Harriet was a childless widow. She would go on to leave a legacy for generations to come, including establishing a children's hospital in Baltimore called The Harriet Lane Home for Invalid Children (today the Harriet Lane Clinic at the John's Hopkins Children's Hospital), preserving her Uncle's letters and manuscripts, bestowing her art collection to the Corcoran Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., and constructing the St. Alban's School, a school for choir boys. She died on July 3, 1903. [ https://www.lancasterhistory.org/about-wheatland/, accessed 10/24/2019]
System of Arrangement
JBFP Part 2 Series 1 Correspondence
Subseries 1 Letters from Harriet Lane Johnston
Subseries 2 Letters to Harriet Lane Johnston
Year Range From
1848
Year Range To
1902
Creator
Johnston, Harriet Lane, 1830-1903
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
People
Buchanan, James
Johnston, Harriet Lane
Other Creators
James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)
Subjects
Baltimore (Md.)
Lancaster (Pa.)
Letters
Personal correspondence
Washington (D.C.)
Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)
Search Terms
Baltimore, Maryland
Buchanan Collections
Correspondence
Correspondence, Personal
Harriet Lane Johnston
James Buchanan
Lancaster
Letters
Washington, DC
Finding aids
Manuscript groups
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 box, 71 folders, .20 cubic ft.
Object Name
Correspondence
Language
English
Object ID
JBFP Part 2 Series 1
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries, https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
James Buchanan Collection, MG0096
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available.
Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material. Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Description Level
Series
Custodial History
The James Buchanan Family Papers were collected by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland. This collection was relocated from the Wheatland mansion to the LancasterHistory archives in the Spring of 2009. Digitization of the James Buchanan Family Papers was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
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General Thomas Welsh Family Papers
Title
Memorandum of the travels of Thomas Welsh
Object ID
MG0828_SeriesA_F02
Date Range
1844-1845
  1 document     4 images  
Collection
General Thomas Welsh Family Papers
Title
Memorandum of the travels of Thomas Welsh
Description
Memorandum of Thomas Welsh which details his travel from Washington to Pittsburgh to Cincinnati in 1844 and to Fort Smith in 1845. Mentions William Herbert, Major Johnson, J. Lewis, Mr. Parkerson, Mr. Slicer, and Napoleon Wolf.
Admin/Biographical History
Thomas Welsh (1824-1863) was a Lancaster County native (born and raised in Columbia), who rose from hardscrabble origins to local fame, first as a Mexican War hero, and then as a brigadier general during the Civil War. He was well known and well respected as a no nonsense officer, for his leadership and gallantry in battle, for his dedication to the service of his country, and for his concern for the welfare of his men. See MG0828 for more biographical information.
Date Range
1844-1845
Creation Date
1844-1845
Year Range From
1844
Year Range To
1845
Creator
Welsh, Thomas, 1824-1863
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
Storage Wall
Side 19
Storage Container
Box 0001
People
Herbert, William
Johnson, Major
Lewis, J.
Parkerson, Mr.
Slicer, Mr.
Welsh, Thomas
Wolf, Napoleon
Subjects
Baltimore (Md.)
Cincinnati (Ohio)
Fort Smith (Ark.)
Itineraries
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Washington (D.C.)
Search Terms
Baltimore, Maryland
Cincinnati, Ohio
Fort Smith, Arkansas
Itineraries
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Washington, DC
Extent
1 item, 4 pages to scan
Object Name
Itinerary
Language
English
Condition
Good
Condition Notes
Generally good. Some edge discoloration, stains, and creasing, but largely intact.
Parent Object ID
MG0828_SeriesA
Object ID
MG0828_SeriesA_F02
Notes
Added to PP 12/19/2020 by HST
Provenance: Passed down through the family, Blanton Charles Welsh to Emilie Benson (Welsh) Wiggin to Nancy Jane (Wiggin) Townsend. Acquired from: Chuck Townsend, Knoxville, Tennessee, 2016/05/15.
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Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Other Numbers
TW-A-XX-02
Classification
MG0828
Description Level
Item
Custodial History
Cataloged by Richard C. Wiggin prior to donation.
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James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 1 Papers of James Buchanan, Series 4 Speeches and Writings
Object ID
JBFP Part 1 Series 4
  1 document  
Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 1 Papers of James Buchanan, Series 4 Speeches and Writings
Description
The James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 1, Papers of James Buchanan, Series 4, contains the speeches and Buchanan's other writings. The collection is arranged into two subseries, separating speeches and other writings. Subseries 1 contains Buchanan's printed speech in Greensburg, Pa. on 7 October, 1852, supporting candidate Franklin Pierce. In Subseries 2 Buchanan explains his role in seeking the appointments of William C. Frazer, Capt. John Steele, and Roland A. Luther for federal office and his reasons for non-payment of personal property taxes in Lancaster while residing in Washington, D. C. ca.1846. It also contains a poem attributed to Buchanan.
Admin/Biographical History
James Buchanan was born on April 23, 1791 to James Buchanan and Elizabeth Speer. He was the second child born out of ten children, and he would go on to outlive all but one of his siblings. Most popularly remembered as Pennsylvania's only President and as a lifelong bachelor, Buchanan committed a lifetime to politics. In 1821, he left his law practice and embarked on his political career after having been voted into the U.S. House of Representatives. He would remain in the House for five consecutive terms before serving as the U.S. Minister to Russia, a Senator in the U.S. Senate, the U.S. Secretary of State, the U.S. Minister to Great Britain, and finally, the 15th President of the United States. He died in his bedchamber at Wheatland at 8:30 AM on June 1, 1868. He was 77 years old. [https://www.lancasterhistory.org/about-wheatland, accessed 10/24/2019]
System of Arrangement
JBFP Part 1 Series 4 Speeches and Writings
Subseries 1 Speeches
Subseries 2 Other Writings
Year Range From
1842
Year Range To
1857
Creator
Buchanan, James, 1791-1868
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
People
Buchanan, James
Frazer, William Clark
Steele, John
Luther, Roland A.
Other Creators
James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)
Subjects
Appointment to office
Inauguration
Poetry
Presidents--United States--Inaugural addresses
Real property tax
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Whig Party (U.S.)
Search Terms
Buchanan Collections
Finding aids
Inaugural addresses
Inaugurations
James Buchanan
Manuscript groups
Poetry
Political appointments
Real property tax
Speeches
Whig Party
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 box, 5 folders
Object Name
Archive
Language
English
Object ID
JBFP Part 1 Series 4
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries, https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
James Buchanan Collection, MG0096
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available.
Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
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Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Description Level
Series
Custodial History
The James Buchanan Family Papers were collected by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland. This collection was relocated from the Wheatland mansion to the LancasterHistory archives in the Spring of 2009. Digitization of the James Buchanan Family Papers was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
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James Buchanan Collection
Title
Letter to James Buchanan stating his election to the United States Senate
Object ID
MG0096 F002 It02
Date Range
1843/01/11
  1 document     4 images  
Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Title
Letter to James Buchanan stating his election to the United States Senate
Description
A letter to James Buchanan stating his election to the United States Senate. From the Chamber of the Senate of Pennsylvania. Wax seal of the Senate. Harrisburg.
Date Range
1843/01/11
Creator
Pennsylvania. General Assembly. Senate
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
Storage Wall
Side 03
Storage Container
Box 0001
People
Buchanan, James
Subjects
Legislators--United States
United States. Congress. Senate
Seals (Law)
Letters
Search Terms
Correspondence
Letters
James Buchanan
Buchanan Collections
Senators, United States
Legislators, United States
Seals (Law)
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 item, 4 pages to scan, 32 x 20 cm
Object Name
Letter
Language
English
Parent Object ID
MG0096
Object ID
MG0096 F002 It02
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections,
http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress,
https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Collection (MG0096) https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo3760
James Buchanan Family Papers
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph Collection
Curatorial Collection
Wheatland Collection
Wheatland Mansion
Notes
May 2020 PastPerfect Conversion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available. Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
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Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.
Other Number
MG-0096, Folder 002, Item 02
Classification
MG0096
Description Level
Item
Custodial History
Digitization of the James Buchanan Collection was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
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James Buchanan Collection
Title
Letter of certification stating that James Buchanan was chosen to be a Senator of Pennsylvania
Object ID
MG0096 F002 It03
Date Range
1843/01/10
  1 document     4 images  
Collection
James Buchanan Collection
Title
Letter of certification stating that James Buchanan was chosen to be a Senator of Pennsylvania
Description
A letter of certification stating that James Buchanan was chosen to be a Senator of Pennsylvania to represent the state.
Date Range
1843/01/10
Creator
Pennsylvania. General Assembly. Senate
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
Storage Wall
Side 03
Storage Container
Box 0001
People
Buchanan, James
Subjects
Legislators--United States
United States. Congress. Senate
Search Terms
James Buchanan
Buchanan Collections
Senators, United States
Legislators, United States
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 item, 4 pages to scan, 32 x 20 cm
Object Name
Letter
Language
English
Parent Object ID
MG0096
Object ID
MG0096 F002 It03
Associated Material
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections,
http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress,
https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania,
http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries,
https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Collection (MG0096) https://collections.lancasterhistory.org/en/permalink/lhdo3760
James Buchanan Family Papers
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph Collection
Curatorial Collection
Wheatland Collection
Wheatland Mansion
Notes
May 2020 PastPerfect Conversion
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available. Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material.
Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.
Other Number
MG-0096, Folder 002, Item 03
Classification
MG0096
Description Level
Item
Custodial History
Digitization of the James Buchanan Collection was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
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Revolutionary War Collection
Title
Revolutionary War Collection
Object ID
MG0098
Date Range
1776-1976
  2 documents  
Collection
Revolutionary War Collection
Title
Revolutionary War Collection
Description
The Revolutionary War Collection contains a variety of materials from and about the Revolutionary War in Lancaster County and Pennsylvania. The original records include correspondence, military pay certificates, court records, and an orderly book kept by Lt. Col. Adam Hubley, Jr. during the Sullivan Campaign of 1779. There are also research notes and secondary sources, including a list of prisoners of war, a list of males in Lancaster County in 1776, Continental Hospital Returns 1777-1780, articles, information on soldiers buried in Lancaster County, and an article about John Paul Jones.
Date Range
1776-1976
Creation Date
1776-1976
Year Range From
1776
Year Range To
1976
Creator
LancasterHistory (Organization)
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
Storage Wall
Side 03
People
Beddulph, Robert
Boyd, John
Burd, James Edward
Chambers, Stephen
Coedans, James
Cooke, William
Ferree, John
Getty, Christian
Gurney, Francis
Hubley, Adam
Jolly, James A. "Jim"
Joy, Daniel
Kieffer, Henry Martyn
Moore, William
Neal, James
Patterson, Alex
Porter, Thomas
Ramsay, David
Rapp, Brandon
Reid, George W.
Worner, William Frederic
Zellty, John A.
Subjects
Cemeteries
Letters
Military history
Military regulations
Newtown, Battle of, Newtown, N.Y., 1779
Prisoners of war
Soldiers
Stony Point, Battle of, Stony Point, N.Y., 1779
Sullivan's Indian Campaign, 1779
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Campaigns
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Prisoners and prisons
Search Terms
Battle of Newtown
Battle of Stony Point
Cemeteries
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Correspondence
Finding aids
Haudenosaunee Confederacy
Letters
Manuscript groups
Military history
Military records
Military regulations
Prisoners of war
Receipts
Revolutionary War
Soldiers
Sullivan Campaign, 1779
Extent
3 boxes, 40 folders, 1.25 cubic ft.
Object Name
Archive
Language
English
Object ID
MG0098
Notes
Harmful Language Warning: LancasterHistory is committed to preserving and providing access to materials chronicling Lancaster County's heritage. As a historical resource, this orderly book reflects the racial prejudices of the era and the violence perpetrated against the Haudenosaunee Confederacy during the American War of Independence. In order to maintain the historical integrity and context of collection items, LancasterHistory does not censor historical documents or edit language, titles, or organization names when transcribing original content. This volume contains language that is offensive, oppressive, graphic, and may cause distress. LancasterHistory does not condone the use of this language.
Access Conditions / Restrictions
No restrictions. Please use digital images and transcriptions when available.
Copyright
Collection may not be photocopied. Please direct questions to Research Center Staff at research@lancasterhistory.org.Images have been provided for research purposes only. Please contact research@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material.
Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Credit
Revolutionary War Collection (MG-98), Box #, Folder #, LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.
Other Numbers
MG-98
Other Number
MG-98
Classification
MG0098
Description Level
Fonds
Custodial History
Cataloged prior to 1997. Items have been added and the finding aid has been updated since 1997.
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James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 7 Papers of Jonathan Messersmith Foltz, Series 1 Correspondence
Object ID
JBFP Part 7 Series 1
  1 document  
Collection
James Buchanan Family Papers
Title
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 7 Papers of Jonathan Messersmith Foltz, Series 1 Correspondence
Description
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 7 Papers of Jonathan Messersmith Foltz, Series 1 contains the correspondence of Jonathan Messersmith Foltz, from 1831 to 1858.
This collection contains correspondence from Dr. Jonathan M. Foltz-the majority of which are addressed to James Buchanan. There are no items from Foltz's childhood or later years (after retirement), nor materials from the early parts of his Naval career. The collection documents two of Foltz's deployments in some detail-his time on the Mexico-Texas border and the three years spent in South America. When writing to Buchanan, Foltz focused more on the political details he observed, rather than military activities. Some letters in the years and months leading up to the 1848 election document Foltz's involvement in the selection of a Democratic candidate for President. The materials do not include much about Foltz's family life, other than a few mentions of his wife and their wedding.
Admin/Biographical History
Jonathan Messersmith Foltz was born in Lancaster in 1810, the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Messersmith Foltz. He studied medicine with Dr. William Thompson in Lancaster before attending Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. He was commissioned as an assistant naval surgeon in 1831. He reached the rank of surgeon in 1838.
As Naval Surgeon, Dr. Foltz served on the Raritan at the beginning of the Mexican-American War, where he witnessed battles at Palo Alto and Resaca de la Palma. About five years later, Foltz was deployed again-this time to South America aboard the Jamestown. He arrived in South America during the second half of the Platine War, fought by Brazil and Uruguay against the Argentine Confederation, from August 1851- February 1852. He also watched as the United States and Great Britain exerted their influence on the new nations and their often corrupt and ineffective governments. Through his service in the Navy and his trips to remote places (at that time), Foltz became an expert on exotic diseases. He published a number of articles on the subject. Prior to his service in Mexico and South America, Foltz also spent time in Asia, Europe and Northern Africa. Foltz served during the Civil War, participating in a number of campaigns and battles. Specifically, he served as Fleet Surgeon under Admiral David Farragut. He continued to serve in the Navy, eventually rising to the positions of Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery and Surgeon General of the Navy. In 1872, Foltz was put on the retired list, but continued to serve as Inspector General of Hospitals and Fleets, as well as Chief Surgeon of the Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Officially, he retired in 1873, after serving for forty-two years. He had reached the rank of Commodore.
Foltz married Rebecca Steinman (1830-1904), also from Lancaster, in 1854. They had three sons: Frederick Steinman (born Frederick Buchanan), Charles Steinman, and Jonathan Clinton Foltz. He lived with his family in Philadelphia. Foltz died at the age of 66 in 1877.
Not much is known about Foltz's relationship with James Buchanan, especially its origin. However, Foltz often called Buchanan his best friend and seemed to be a constant support of Buchanan for President, campaigning heavily for him leading up to the 1848 and 1856 elections (Foltz was stationed in South America in 1852).
Works Cited:
Franklin and Marshall College Archives and Special Collections. Jonathan Messersmith Foltz Papers, MS 21 Finding Aid. Lancaster, PA: Franklin and Marshall College, 2013. Accessed June 9, 2015. http://library.fandm.edu/archives/mscoll/jmfoltz.pdf.
Foltz, Charles S. Surgeon of the Seas: The Adventurous Life of Surgeon General Jonathan M. Foltz In the Days of Wooden Ships, Told from His Notes of the Moment Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931.
"Foltz, Jonathan Messersmith." In Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography, edited by James Grant Wilson and John Fiske. New York: D. Appleton, 1900. Accessed June 9, 2015. http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Appletons%27_Cyclop%C3%A6dia_of_American_Biography/Foltz,_Jonathan_Messersmith.
System of Arrangement
James Buchanan Family Papers, Part 7 Papers of Jonathan Messersmith Foltz is arranged in one series. The series and subseries have been used to keep the consistency with cataloging throughout the James Buchanan Family Papers.
JBFP Part 7 Series 1 Correspondence
Subseries 1 Letters from Jonathan Messersmith Foltz
Year Range From
1831
Year Range To
1858
Creator
Foltz, Jonathan Messersmith, 1810-1877
Storage Location
LancasterHistory, Lancaster, PA
Storage Room
Archives South
People
Buchanan, James
Foltz, Jonathan Messersmith
Other Creators
James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland (Lancaster, Pa.)
Subjects
Ship physicians
United States--Navy--Surgeons
United States--Politics and government--19th century
Mexican War, 1846-1848
South America--Politics and government--19th century
Search Terms
James Buchanan
Buchanan collections
Mexican War
Politics
United States Navy
Ship physicians
Surgeons
South America
Finding aids
Manuscript groups
James Buchanan Presidential Library
Extent
1 box, 49 folders, 58 items, .5 cubic feet
Object Name
Correspondence
Language
English
Object ID
JBFP Part 7 Series 1
Associated Material
Jonathan Messersmith Foltz Papers (MS 21), Archives and Special Collections, Franklin and Marshall College
http://library.fandm.edu/archives/mscoll/jmfoltz.html
[J. M. Foltz Medical lecture notes, 1825-1829], Health Sciences Library Historical Collections, Health Sciences Library, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC.
http://search.lib.unc.edu/search?R=UNCb1976055
Jonathan Messersmith Foltz papers, 1829-1871, Library of Congress, Manuscript Division, Washington, DC.
James Buchanan Papers, Dickinson College Archives & Special Collections http://archives.dickinson.edu/collection-descriptions/james-buchanan-papers
James Buchanan and Harriet Lane Johnston Papers, Library of Congress https://www.loc.gov/collections/james-buchanan-and-harriet-lane-johnston-papers/
James Buchanan Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, http://www2.hsp.org/collections/manuscripts/b/Buchanan0091.html
James Buchanan Papers, Penn State University Libraries, https://libraries.psu.edu/findingaids/1458.htm
Related Item Notes
James Buchanan Family Papers
James Buchanan Collection, MG0096
Coleman Papers Collection, MG0275 Series 1
Andrew J. Steinman Collection, MG0066
Historical Society of Pennsylvania microfilm
Photograph collections
Curatorial collections
Wheatland Mansion
Charles S. Foltz, Surgeon of the Seas: The Adventurous Life of Surgeon General Jonathan M. Foltz In the Days of Wooden Ships, Told from His Notes of the Moment. Indianapolis, IN: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1931. Call # 923.5 F671f
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Please use digital images and transcriptions when available.
Original documents may be used by appointment. Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org at least two weeks prior to visit.
Copyright
Images have been provided for research purposes only.
LancasterHistory retains the rights to the digital images and content presented. The doctrine of fair use allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder. Fair use includes comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Any images and data downloaded, printed or photocopied for these purposes should provide a citation. All other uses beyond those allowed by fair use require written permission.
Permission for reproduction and/or publication must be obtained in writing from LancasterHistory. Some items are photocopies from other collections--researchers must obtain permission for reproduction and publication from the owner of the original material. Persons wishing to publish any material from this site must assume all responsibility for identifying and satisfying any claimants of copyright or other use restrictions. Publication fees may apply.
Please contact archives@lancasterhistory.org for a high-resolution image and permission to publish.
Credit
Courtesy of LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Description Level
Series
Custodial History
The James Buchanan Family Papers were collected by the James Buchanan Foundation for the Preservation of Wheatland. This collection was relocated from the Wheatland mansion to the LancasterHistory archives in the Spring of 2009. Digitization of the James Buchanan Family Papers was funded by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, PHMC Appl ID # 201808013051, 2019-2020.
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