Law, John, 1796-1873

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John Law (1796-1873) was born in New London, Connecticut. He comes from a distinguished family of lawyers and both his father and grandfather held seats in Congress. John Law was himself a lawyer and moved west to Indiana and settled in Vincennes in 1817 where he married Sara Ewing in 1822. Elected to the House of Representatives in 1824, he also served as a prosecuting attorney and a judge and was elected as a Representative in Congress from 1860 to 1864. After serving two terms he returned to Indiana and focused his life on becoming the historian of Vincennes. He died on 7 October 1873.

From the description of Letters, 1835-1842. (Indiana Historical Society Library). WorldCat record id: 156804222

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referencedIn U.S. History mss., 1612-1977 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. Silas Wright correspondence, 1842-1845. Library of Congress
referencedIn Vigo, Francis, 1747-1836. Papers, 1751-1873, bulk 1785-1820. Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Law, John, 1796-1873. Letters, 1835-1842. Indiana Historical Society Library
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correspondedWith Law family family
correspondedWith Law, William H. person
associatedWith Vigo, Francis, 1747-1836. person
correspondedWith Wright, Silas, 1795-1847. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Wabash and Erie Canal (Ind. and Ohio)
Knox County (Ind.)
Vincennes (Ind.)


Birth 1796-10-28

Death 1873-10-07



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