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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Seward, Amos Dudley, 1815 - 1909 Letters, 1855 - 1879

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Seward, Amos Dudley, 1815 - 1909. Letters, 1855 - 1879.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1220

Seward, Amos Dudley, 1815 - 1909. Letters, 1855 - 1879. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1220. One folder, 32 pages.


This collection consists of twenty-one letters written by Amos Dudley Seward, of Mankato, Minnesota, to his brother John Woodhouse Seward of Talmadge, Ohio. The letters span the time period from 1855 until 1879, and are arranged in chronological order. In the letters, Seward describes Mankato during its frontier stage, and later its increasing development. Other topics in the letters include: national politics, family affairs, his flour mill in Mankato, crop and land prices, transportation in Mankato, and his church affiliation. Twenty of the letters were sent from Mankato, but one was written from Stillwater, Minnesota on October 14, 1875.

Biographical Note:

Amos Dudley Seward was born in Hartford, New York in April 1815. He later lived in Ohio and Indiana before moving to Mankato, Minnesota in 1855. While living in Mankato, Seward owned a flourmill and was elected Blue Earth County Treasurer in 1857, and county auditor in 1868. Seward and his family moved to California in 1883. Amos Seward died in Ventura, California in May of 1909.

Biographical information obtained from Mankato, Its First Fifty Years, Collections of the Minnesota Historical Society, and History of Blue Earth County.


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Collection Citation:

Seward, Amos Dudley, 1815 - 1909. Letters, 1855 - 1879. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1220, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


James A. Smith donated this collection in December 1976.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in January 1977. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell October 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Amos Dudley Seward available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Seward, Amos Dudley, 1815 - 1909.
Mankato (Minn.)-History.
Flour Mills - History.