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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

McCleary, James T, 1853 � 1924 Letter, 1908

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
McCleary, James T., 1853 - 1924. Letter, 1906.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 169

McCleary, James T., 1853 - 1924. Letter, 1906. SMHC Manuscript Collection 169. 1 folder.


This collection consists of one letter written by James Thompson McCleary (1853 - 1924). The letter was written to R. W. Thomas of Lake Crystal, in 1906. The letter discusses the legislative record of the late U.S. Senator Cushman K. Davis of Minnesota.

Biographical or Historical Note:

James Thompson McCleary was born in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, on February 5, 1853. He came to the United States at the age of twenty, and married Mary Edith Taylor in 1874. They had one son, Leslie Taylor.

In 1881, McCleary became State institute conductor in Minnesota, and professor of history and civics in the State Normal School at Mankato. He published Studies in Civics in 1888, and A Manual of Civics in 1894. Both became standard textbooks in the field. In 1883 he was elected secretary of the Minnesota Education Association, and in 1891 became its president. He was elected to the U.S. Congress from the Second District of Minnesota in 1892, and served there until 1907. President Theodore Roosevelt appointed McCleary Second Assistant Postmaster General. He served in that position until 1908. McCleary died in LaCrosse, Wisconsin December 17, 1924.


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Collection Citation:

McCleary, James T., 1853 - 1924. Letter, 1906. SMHC Manuscript Collection 169, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


This collection was donated in January 2000.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in January 1976. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell September 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about James T. McCleary available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

McCleary, James Thompson 1853 - 1924
Davis, Cushman Kellogg 1838 - 1900