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A Guide to his Papers at the Indiana University Archives
Finding aid prepared by Danielle Emerling
Indiana University Office of University Archives and Records Management
1320 East Tenth Street
Herman B Wells Library E460
Bloomington, IN 47405-7000
Spencer, William W., 1851-1938
.1 cubic foot (3 folders)
Materials are in English
William W. Spencer was an 1877 graduate of the Indiana University Law Department and was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1911. Collection consists of writings, moot court trial records, and general files.
Collection is open for research. Advance notice required.
William W. Spencer, born October 7, 1851, in Indiana, received a B.S. from Indiana University in 1875 and graduated from the Department of Law in 1877. As a student, Spencer participated in the University Circuit Moot Court. After receiving his degree, he moved to Marion County, Indiana, where he served as a precinct committeeman and ward chairman. He was active in the Marion County Democratic Central Committee from 1881-1892, serving as both the secretary and later as the chairman. In both 1904 and 1908, he was chosen as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was elected member of the Indiana House of Representatives from Marion County in 1911 and served until 1914, participating as chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. Following his time in the General Assembly, he served as a commissioner on the state Board of Elections from 1918-1938. He died December 9, 1938 in Indianapolis.
Source: Shepherd, Rebecca A. A Biographical Directory of the Indiana General Assembly. Indianapolis: The Select Committee on the Centennial History of the Indiana General Assembly in cooperation with the Indiana History Bureau, 1980.
Collection is organized into three files: Writings, Moot Court, and General.
This collection is organized into three files: Writings, Moot Court, and General. Writings consists of short essays on various topics, including the teaching profession and the electoral college. One piece, titled “The Temperance Bill,” appears to be an address to the House of Representatives, circa 1911. It also includes a handwritten copy of the lyrics to the song The Blue and the Gray by Francis Miles Finch.
The Moot Court file contains case and trial records of the University Circuit Moot Court, a required activity for students in the Law Department at the time. The General file includes an 1872 report card, a memoranda concerning 1881 tenant and landlord rights, and a University Circuit Moot Court summons.
The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in IUCAT, the IU Libraries' online catalog. Materials about related topics, persons or places can be found by searching the catalog using these terms.
Related photographs may be available in the University Archives Photographs Database
Completed in 2012.