SCOPE AND CONTENT
Title: Lander Family Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1848-1863
Collection number: Special Collections M102
Lander, Edward, 1816-1907
Lander, Frederick West, 1822-1862
Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
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Deposited December 16, 1954, by Mrs. Lander-West McDonnell.
[Identification of item] Lander Family Papers, M102, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford,
Edward Lander (1816-1907) was born in Salem, Mass. and died in Washington, D. C. He graduated from Harvard in 1835 and then
studied law. In 1841 he moved to Indiana where he was a prosecuting attorney for eight counties. At the outbreak of the Mexican
War he enlisted and raised a company of light infantry which later served with Gen. Taylor's Army. He was honorably discharged
in 1848. In 1850 he was appointed to the Indiana Court of Common Appeals. In 1853 he was appointed by President Franklin Pierce
to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Washington Territory. In 1857, he declined reappointment and became counsel for
the Hudson Bay Company in a case heard before the International Commission at Washington in 1865-70. Henceforth he practiced
law in the nation's capitol.
Frederick Lander (1822-1862) was born in Salem and died as a result of wounds received fighting in the Civil War. In 1854
Frederick became Chief Civil Engineer for Gov. Stevens, and explored the headwaters of the Mississippi to Puget Sound to find
a pass for the Pacific Railroad.
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The papers of Edward Lander consist of a photograph of the bust of Edward; letters from his father and relatives, 1853-1858;
miscellaneous legal, military and financial documents; political and military broadsides; printed speeches and poems; and
The papers of Frederick Lander include six letters to Frederick or by him (two of the letters are by Frederick to Edward).
There are a considerable number of clippings relating to Lander's activities in Washington and the Northwest; and the Civil
The collection also includes a few items pertaining to a sister Louisa.