Benjamin Douglas Silliman Papers

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Benjamin Douglas Silliman papers
Creator: Silliman, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Douglas), 1805-1901
Call Number: D.382
Dates: 1830-1890
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Table of Contents:

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content
Subject(s)
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Access
Use
Citation
Content List
Collection Overview
Title: Benjamin Douglas Silliman papers
Creator: Silliman, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Douglas), 1805-1901
Call Number: D.382
Dates: 1830-1890
Physical Description: 1 box
Language(s): Materials are in English
Repository: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester

Biographical/Historical Note
Benjamin Douglas Silliman was born in Newport, Rhode Island on September 11, 1805. He attended Yale University, graduating in 1824. He then studied law in New York City in the office of Chancellor Kent and his son William Kent. He was admitted to the bar in 1829 and opened a very successful law office in New York City. During his long career as a lawyer he represented his clients, including many large corporations, before state and federal courts and the United States Supreme Court. A member of the Whig Party, Silliman was elected in 1838 to the New York State Assembly and in 1839 he served as a delegate to the Whig national convention that nominated William Henry Harrison for President of the United States. He ran for a seat in the U.S. Congress in 1843, but was defeated. When the Whigs evolved into the Republican Party, Silliman became a loyal member of that party and in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln appointed him to the office of U.S. District Attorney for the Eastern District of New York State. As such he was involved in several legal issues following the Civil War. In 1872 he took an active part in the commission that was revising the State constitution. In 1873 he ran unsuccessfully as the Republican candidate for the office of Attorney-General of New York State and in 1876 was a member of the Republication national convention that nominated Rutherford B. Hayes for President of the United States. Silliman was active in many civic and philanthropical organizations. He died at his home in Brooklyn, NY on January 24, 1901.

Scope and Content
The collection consists of 80 letters to Benjamin Douglas Silliman and 11 letters from him. His correspondents include William Henry Seward, Hamilton Fish, Preston King, Peter Cooper, and others involved in New York Sate politics. In the letters to and from Seward, they discuss the influence of the Irish vote in the 1840 election.

Subject(s):
New York (State)
Politics and government
Presidents--Election
Correspondence
Silliman, Benjamin D. (Benjamin Douglas), 1805-1901
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Acquired through the generosity of multiple endowments, 2008; 2019.Access
The Benjamin Douglas Silliman papers is open for research use. Researchers are advised to contact Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation prior to visiting. Upon arrival, researchers will also be asked to fill out a registration form and provide photo identification.Use
Reproductions are made upon request but can be subject to restrictions. Permission to publish materials from the collection must currently be requested. Please note that some materials may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the researcher's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections. For more information contact rarebks@library.rochester.eduCitation
[Item title, item date], Benjamin Douglas Silliman papers, D.382, Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
Administrative Information
Author: Finding aid prepared by Rare Books and Special Collections staff
Publisher: Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester
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Rochester, NY 14627-0055
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Content List
Box 1, Folder 1-7Correspondence, 1830-1890, undated
Box 1, Folder 8Newspaper article on martial law sent to Benjamin Douglas Silliman by General Winfield Scott
Box 1, Folder 9Biographical information about Benjamin Douglas Silliman
Box 1, Folder 10-12Biographical information about the individuals represented in the collection
These were gathered by the former owner of the collection



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