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A collection of telegrams sent to and from Thomas White between 1863 and 1864. One of the telegrams is from Titian Coffey informing Thomas White that his son has been captured by the Confederates. Others are from and about Pennsylvania Governor Andrew G. Curtin. In one telegram, Governor Curtin is urging Judge White to visit him as soon as possible, that he is extremely ill. [Curtin suffered a breakdown and was often ill while he was governor of Pennsylvania.] In another telegram, Titian Coffey, former law partner of Thomas White and a member of Lincoln's cabinet, is begging White to come to Curtin's aid because a nephew of White has brought scandal on Curtin's family which will ruin them if White doesn't intervene. These telegrams provide an insight into Thomas White's reputation and his involvement in the personal lives of prominent political figures in 19th-century Pennsylvania and America.




Thomas White, Andrew Gregg Curtin, Harry L. White, military service, prisoners and prisons, Titian James Coffey


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The Historical and Genealogical Society of Indiana County, PA; White Collection.

Collection of telegrams to and from Thomas White, 1863-1864