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Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Lewis Cass Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Lewis Cass, a nineteenth-century senator from Michigan, had prominent roles in the administrations of Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan. This collection consists of selected correspondence, printed material, and ephemera of Cass.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence, printed material, and ephemera related to Cass. Correspondents include Gustave Beaumont, James Buchanan, James Calhoun, Edward Everett, Millard Fillmore, Giuseppe Garibaldi, William Henry Harrison, William T. Sherman, Martin Van Buren, and Daniel Webster. The correspondence is chiefly in English, with some letters in French, and deals mainly with political matters. Also included is a proclamation (1832) announcing the appointment of William Carroll, Monfort Stokes, and Robert Vaux as commissioners to deal with the Indians, signed by Cass.


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Collection Creator Biography:

Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866

Lewis Cass, a senator from Michigan, was born in Exeter, N.H., on October 9, 1782. He served in the U.S. Army, 1813-1814; was appointed secretary of war by President Andrew Jackson, 1831-1836; was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1845, until May 29, 1848, and again from 1849 to 1857; and was an unsuccessful candidate for president on the Democratic ticket in 1848. Cass also served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Thirty-third Congress and was appointed secretary of state by President James Buchanan, serving from 1857 until his resignation in 1860.

Collection History


The correspondence and printed material was a gift of Ms. Mary C. Lewis in February 1961.

The 1832 proclamation was purchased in 1973. AM17112, 21228.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 25, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Credit this material:

Lewis Cass Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1