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Speed Family Papers: Finding Aid
mssHM 61156-61460  
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This collection contains the papers of the family of New York State congressman and businessman John James Speed (1803-1867) including letters, indentures, announcements, receipts, and photographs. Includes family correspondence, as well as letters to Speed about business ventures, including Speed’s attempt to build a telegraph line from St. Louis, Missouri, to the West coast.
John James Speed (1803-1867) was born on July 20, 1803 in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, the son of John James Speed (d. 1860) and Lucy Swepson Speed (d. 1840). He was appointed to the New York State legislature in 1832. He lived in various towns throughout his life including Ithaca, Speedsville, and Albany, New York. He also lived for a time in Wellsville, Ohio, Gorham, Maine, and Detroit, Michigan. died in Brooklyn, New York, sometime in June 1867.
363 pieces in 7 boxes
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