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Hamilton Rowan Gamble Papers, 1787-1876; 1907; 1961-1964

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Identifier: A0549

Title: Hamilton Rowan Gamble Papers, 1787-1876; 1907; 1961-1964


Hamilton R. Gamble was a lawyer, secretary of state of Missouri (1824), and provisional governor of Missouri during the Civil War (1861-1864). He married Caroline J. Coalter, sister of Mrs. Edward Bates, in 1827. He was a member of the Whig party, and in 1851 he was elected to the Missouri Supreme Court. He resigned in 1855 because of ill health. He moved to Philadelphia to educate his children, but returned to Missouri when the political situation became critical in 1861.

Papers consist of deeds and other early land papers, correspondence, etc. The materials prior to 1861 relate mostly to land affairs in Missouri Territory and Missouri and other legal affairs that stem from Gamble's career as an attorney and judge. Also includes material on the founding of Marion College at Palmyra, Missouri, by the Presbyterian Church (1838-1842); a St. Louis docket book (1818-1827); and business papers of Pitzer and Price of Fincastle, Virginia, and St. Louis (1816-1833). The papers dated 1861 to 1864 relate mainly to correspondence about Missouri's part in the Civil War and the political activities of Gamble as provisional governor of Missouri. Correspondents of these years include Abraham Lincoln, Edward Bates, John C. Fremont, and Charles Gibson.

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11 boxes; 1 oversize folder

Cite as: Hamilton Rowan Gamble Papers, Missouri History Museum Archives, St. Louis.

Rights: UND

Place: United States
St Louis

Dates: 1787-1876

Type(s): Documentary Artifacts

Maker/Creator: Gamble, Hamilton Rowan, 1798-1864

Subjects: Deeds
Universities and colleges
Education, Higher
Presbyterian Church
Politics and government
Local government
Civil War, 1861-1865


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