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Jeremiah Rusk papers, 1862-1898.

Author: Jeremiah McLain Rusk
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
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Private correspondence and letter books of Jeremiah Rusk, a Wisconsin Republican congressman (1871-1877), governor (1882-1889), and the first United States Secretary of Agriculture, (1889-1893), particularly concerning state and national elections and his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture. There are some official papers concerning his military service with the 25th Wisconsin Infantry and scant incoming
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Genre/Form: Manuscript collection
Named Person: Marcus Alonzo Hanna; Elisha W Keyes; Nelson Morris; Algernon Sidney Paddock; Henry C Payne; Horace Rublee; John C Spooner; C C Washburn; Marcus Alonzo Hanna; Elisha W Keyes; Nelson Morris; Algernon Sidney Paddock; Henry C Payne; Horace Rublee; John C Spooner; C C Washburn
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Archival Material, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeremiah McLain Rusk
OCLC Number: 145788530
Description: 4.0 c.f. (4 archives boxes, 7 flat boxes, and 1 oversize folder)

Abstract:

Private correspondence and letter books of Jeremiah Rusk, a Wisconsin Republican congressman (1871-1877), governor (1882-1889), and the first United States Secretary of Agriculture, (1889-1893), particularly concerning state and national elections and his tenure as Secretary of Agriculture. There are some official papers concerning his military service with the 25th Wisconsin Infantry and scant incoming correspondence concerning his years in Congress and as Governor. Prominent Wisconsin figures whose letters are scattered throughout the correspondence include Romanzo Bunn, Angus Cameron, Matthew H. Carpenter, Lucien B. Caswell, Lucius Fairchild, Richard Guenther, Nils P. Haugen, W.D. Hoard, Timothy O. Howe, Elisha W. Keyes, Charles King, Robert M. La Follette, Sr., Horace Rublee, Henry C. Payne, Horace Rublee, Philetus Sawyer, John C. Spooner, Isaac Stephenson, and Cadwallader C. Washburn.

Also included is Rusk's correspondence as Secretary of Agriculture, which contains material related to the St. Croix and Lake Superior Railroad land grant, location of bridges across the Mississippi River, Rusk's cabinet ambitions, 1889 silver issue, Bennett Law, state treasurer suits of the early 1890s, state reapportionment law of 1891, and dissatisfaction of the shipping interests with the administration of President Harrison. Material relating to the Department of Agriculture deals with the opening of European markets to American meat and livestock, pleuro-pneumonia eradication, Texas fever prevention, oleomargarine, inspection activities, newspaper criticism, various agriculture organizations, and departmental personnel. Some information on the influence of politics on appointments and its connection with inspection and law enforcement work is suggested by letters from Marcus A. Hanna, Algernon S. Paddock, Nelson Morris and Philip D. Armour, both Chicago packers, and others. Other national correspondents of prominence include James G. Blaine; Roscoe Conkling; James A. Garfield, a long-time friend; Benjamin Harrison and members of his Presidential campaign committee; Garret A. Hobart, John A. Logan, and John W. Noble.

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