Smith, Jeremiah Jr. papers, 1835-1849

Smith, Jeremiah, 1802-1852


2 linear ft (3 archives boxes).
Correspondence, commercial records, and miscellaneous documents of Jeremiah Smith Jr. Includes letters related to Smith's claims for compensation for losses from the U.S. government. Also contains four ledgers from Smith's general store with itemized transactions by customers such as Chief Black Hawk and Chief Keokuk. Miscellaneous papers include a license to trade with the Sac and Fox tribe, a pass for safe conduct through the Half Breed Tract, and land deeds.
Jeremiah Smith Jr. was a pioneer settler, politician, and businessman in Burlington, Iowa. He received the title of major in the Black Hawk War, established a general store in Burlington in 1833, and traded with settlers and Sac and Fox Indians. Smith built a capitol for the First Wisconsin Territorial Legislature in Burlington at his own expense, but it burned in December 1837. He suffered futher loss when someone fraudulently collected payment from the U.S. government for debts owed to Smith by Sac and Fox tribal members.
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Smith, Jeremiah Jr. Papers, 1835-1849. Sm 61. Special Collections, State Historical Society of Iowa, Des Moines.

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