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David Hervey Maxwell

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Born September 17, 1786; Died May 24, 1854. Postmaster of Bloomington, Indiana from May 31, 1841 to December 30, 1845; and 1849-1852. Member of the IU Board of Trustees, 1820-1837 and 1839-1852. President of the IU Board of Trustees, 1820-1837 and 1841-1852. This image appears on page 10 of "Trustees and Officers of Indiana University: 1820-1950" by Burton Dorr Myers (Indiana University, 1951). David H. Maxwell is known as the "Father of Indiana University" because of his successful efforts in lobbying to have the State Seminary located in Bloomington (on January 20, 1820 the Indiana General Assembly passed an act establishing a State Seminary at Bloomington, Indiana). Maxwell is the only known person affiliated with Indiana University to have served in The War of 1812. In her speech "Sketch of Dr. David H. Maxwell" read before the Monroe County Historical Society in January of 1910 and published in the Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History in September of 1912, Louise Maxwell said about his service: "He was a surgeon in the war of 1812 in the company of his brother-in-law, Captain Williamson Dunn. In the ranging service he traversed the Wabash country from Vincennes to Fort Harrison, and on to the Mississinewa towns. At a time of high water he had the misfortune to lose his surgical instruments. He was afterward reimbursed by Congress for this loss."

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Circa 1850 ?

photographer studio:

Wilhite and Nicely (as copy photography ?)

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personal name:

Maxwell, David Hervey

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Board of Trustees










Maxwell, David Hervey