CURTIN, Andrew Gregg (1817-1894)

CURTIN, ANDREW GREGG, a Representative from Pennsylvania; born in Bellefonte, Pa., April 22, 1817; pursued preparatory studies in Milton (Pa.) Academy, and was graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1837; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in Bellefonte; presidential elector on the Whig ticket in 1848 and in 1852; secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and superintendent of public instruction; Governor of Pennsylvania from January 15, 1861, to January 15, 1867; Minister to Russia 1869-1872; delegate to the constitutional convention of Pennsylvania; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh, Forty-eighth, and Forty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1887); chairman, Committee on Foreign Affairs (Forty-eighth Congress), Committee on Banking and Currency (Forty-ninth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1886; resumed the practice of his profession; died in Bellefonte, Centre County, Pa., on October 7, 1894; interment in Union Cemetery.

Dickinson College
Special Collections, Boyd Lee Spahr Library
Carlisle, PA
Papers: 1842-1893, 1 box.
Correspondence and printed material related to Andrew G. Curtin. The correspondence includes letters to James Pollock and S.W. Crawford and letters of endorsement to Curtin. The printed material consists primarily of newspaper clippings and a printed proclamation on Thanksgiving Day. An unpublished register is available in the repository.

Papers: In the Eli Slifer papers, 1850-1891, 13 boxes.
Correspondents include Andrew Gregg Curtin. An unpublished register is available in the repository.


New-York Historical Society
Manuscript Department
New York, NY
Papers: 1864, 1 page.
A letter from Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin to President Abraham Lincoln written on April 20, 1864. In the letter, Governor Curtin requests that Everard Bierer be appointed a judge in Montana Territory.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1861, 1 item.
A letter from Bayard Taylor to Governor A.G. Curtin written on April 28, 1861. In the letter, Bayard Taylor writes on behalf of his brother, C. F. Taylor, Captain of the Wayne Independent Rifles, "the first Quaker company raised in the southern part of this county."

Papers: 1869, 1 item.
A letter from Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin to Attorney General Hoar, written on May 22, 1869. In the letter, Governor Curtin recommends B.F. Campbell as Marshal of the Montana Territory.


The Pennsylvania State University
Special Collections Library, Paterno Library
University Park, PA
Papers: 1855, 2 pages.
A letter from A.G. Curtin to James T. Hale written on March 29, 1855. In the letter, A.G. Curtin writes concerning land purchases in Snow Shoe for the construction of a railroad [possibly the Tyrone, Clearfield and Erie Rail Road].

Papers: In the George W. Atherton papers, 1837-1950, 19 cubic feet.
Correspondents include Andrew Gregg Curtin. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Gideon J. Ball letters received, 1860-1861, 15 items.
Correspondents include Andrew Gregg Curtin.


University of Chicago
William E. Barton Collection of Lincolniana
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1843, 1 item.
A letter from Andrew Gregg Curtin to Charles A. Lex written on August 16, 1843. The letter concerns a law suit.

Papers: 1859, 1 item.
A letter from Andrew Gregg Curtin to an unidentified recipient written on March 28, 1859.

Papers: 1862, 1 item.
A letter from Andrew Gregg Curtin to H.[E. Leman?] written on December 26, 1862.

Papers: 1863, 1 item.
A letter from Governor Andrew Gregg Curtin to Abraham Lincoln written on October 26, 1863. In the letter, Governor Curtin writes concerning the appointment of Brigadier General E. B. Tyler, Major General Schenck's successor as commander of the Middle Department.

  • Albright, Rebecca G. "The Civil War Career of Andrew Gregg Curtin, Governor of Pennsylvania." Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine 47 (October 1964): 323-41; 48 (January 1965): 51-73.
  • Curtin, Andrew Gregg. Contested election of Curtin vs. Yocum [microform]: Papers in the case of Andrew G. Curtin vs. Seth H. Yocum, Twentieth Congressional District of Pennsylvania. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1879.
  • ------. Fitz-John Porter. Washington: [Government Printing Office], 1886.
  • Egle, William Henry, ed. Andrew Gregg Curtin: His life and services. Philadelphia: Avil Printing Company, 1895.
  • McClure, Alexander K. (Alexander Kelly). The life and services of Andrew G. Curtin. An address by A. K. McClure, delivered in the House of Representatives at Harrisburg, Pa., January 20, 1895. [Harrisburg]: C. M. Busch, state printer of Pennsylvania, 1895.