Collection contains 3 pieces of genealogical material on the Kingman family (ca. 1870s); and transcripts of 16 letters by Kingman to his son John C. Kingman (1863, 1869-1877). These letters include one sent from outside of New Orleans during John W. Kingman's service in the Civil War; 2 letters from South Pass City, Wyoming while serving on the Supreme Court; and 13 letters from Laramie and Cheyenne discussing sheep ranching, court cases, his law practice, the gold rush in the Black Hills, John C. Kingman's attendance at Dartmouth, and John W. Kingman's silver mining holdings in Juab County, Utah.
John William Kingman (1821-1903) graduated from Harvard University in 1843 and began practicing law in New Hampshire in 1847. In 1862 he was commissioned as a colonel in the 15th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers during the Civil War and was mustered out in late 1863. He was appointed associate justice of the Supreme Court of Wyoming Territory in 1869 and served until 1873. Kingman practiced law in Laramie and Cheyenne, Wyoming, and operated a sheep ranch outside of Laramie until around 1883 when he moved to Cedar Falls, Iowa.
Original letters retained by donor.
Finding aid available in repository.