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Elihu Barber Taft Papers

Collection Summary

Repository
University of Vermont Libraries Special Collections Burlington, Vermont 05405-3596
Creator
Taft, Elihu Barber, 1847-1929
Title
Elihu Barber Taft Papers
ID
mss.831
Dates [inclusive]
1737-1938
Quantity
2 boxes
Shelf location
Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library.
Language
English
Abstract
The Elihu B. Taft Papers include correspondence, notes, speeches, essays and other writings, travel brochures and publications on places of interest, newspaper clippings, and family genealogies.

Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item] Elihu Barber Taft Papers, Special Collections, University of Vermont Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Vermont, Bailey/Howe Library, Special Collections © 2003 

Access:

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights:

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of Manuscripts.

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Biographical Note

Elihu B. Taft, son of Eleazer and Ellen Barber Taft, was born in Williston, Vermont on March 25, 1847. He attended Williston Academy and the University of Vermont (1867-1871). After taking his degree in 1871, Taft studied law at the firm of Wales and Taft in Burlington. He was admitted to the Chittenden County Bar in 1873. He married Lucia A Johnson in 1875, and the couple resided in Burlington thereafter. On the motion of E.J. Phelps, at the February term, 1879, Taft was admitted as an attorney in the U.S. District and Circuit Courts. He was appointed U.S. deputy collector of internal revenue of the third district of Vermont in 1874, and served until he resigned in 1881. Taft was active politically on both the local and state levels. He served several terms as school commissioner and as one of the Board of Aldermen of the City of Burlington. In 1888 he was elected senator for Chittenden County, and served one term. His extensive travels included trips to Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite Valley, Mexico and the southwestern United States (1887), Europe, the middle east, and Asia (1889).In 1894 he attended the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, and wrote a paper on what he saw. Taft was a Republican and a Free Mason, and he reached the 33rd degree before his death in 1929.

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Scope and Content Note

The Elihu B. Taft Papers include correspondence, notes, speeches, essays and other writings, travel brochures and publications on places of interest, newspaper clippings, and family genealogies. Many of the letters which are filed in the correspondence folder were originally part of an autograph collection formed by Taft. The most notable of these are listed separately in the Notable Correspondents section. The collection as a whole has been arranged alphabetically by subject.

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Additional Information

Notable Correspondents

  • Barstow, J.S. to  E.B. Taft1881, May 25 
  • Buckham, M.H. to  E.B. Taft1901, February 21 
  • Collamer, Jacob to  Chauncy Jones1860, June 8 
  • Collamer, Jacob to  Joseph Wright1860, June 8 
  • Fairbanks, Erastus to  D. French1860, January 27 
  • Farnham, Roswell to  Washburn and Marsh?1862, February 1 
  • Foote, Solomon to  Henry Stevens1860, June 4 
  • Foote, Solomon to  U.S. Min. Austria1860, June 4 
  • Foote, Solomon to  U.S. Min. London1860, June 4 
  • Fuller, Levi to  E.B. Taft1888, September 5 
  • Fuller, Levi to  E.B. Taft1889, January 5 
  • Hall, Hiland to  Secretary of Navy1841, March 3 
  • Haskins, Kittridge to  E.B. Taft1902, May 11 
  • Hopkins, Theodore to  E.B. Taft1888, January 19 
  • Hyde, A.W. to  A. Palmer1832, June 15 
  • Lowery, H. to  Levi Woodbury1834, February 28 
  • Marsh, George P. to  E.B. Taft1860, June 23 
  • Marsh, George P. to  E.B. Taft1909, June 12 
  • Marsh, George P. to  E.B. Taft1909, July 6 
  • Ormsbee, Ebenezer to  E.B. Taft1888, February 6 
  • Page, Carroll S. to  E.B. Taft1890, December 3 
  • Page, Carroll S. to  E.B. Taft1890, December 6 
  • Page, Carroll S. to  E.B. Taft1892, April 9 
  • Page, Carroll S. to  E.B. Taft1914, April 22 
  • Pingree, Samuel to  Charles P. Marsh1865, May 4 
  • Pingree, Samuel to  E.B. Taft1885, July 28 
  • Proctor, Redfield to  E.B. Taft1892, April 9 
  • Robinson, Moses to  Abraham Jackson1787, December 11 
  • Sargeant, Jabez to  James Robinson1804, November 29 
  • Slade, William to  Secretary of Navy1839, February 19 
  • Smith, E.C. to  E.B. Taft1900, June 11 
  • Stevens, Henry from  E.B. Taft1860, June 4 
  • Taft, William H. to  E.B. Taft1909, March 5 
  • Tichenor, Issac to  Orsemus Merrill1816, February 29 
  • Van Ness, C.P. to  Joseph Anderson1817, November 15 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1898, October 12 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1900, October 3 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1901, February 14 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1901, October 10 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1902, February 18 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1903, November 2 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1904, December 5 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1905, May 16 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1905, October 11 
  • Washington, Booker T. to  E.B. Taft1906, October 11 
  • Woodbury, Urban A. to  E.B. Taft1894, October 13 

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