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PETTIT, John Upfold (1820-1881)

PETTIT, JOHN UPFOLD, a Representative from Indiana; born in Fabius, Onondaga County, N.Y., September 11, 1820; received an academic education; attended Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., and was graduated from Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., in 1839; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1841 and commenced practice in Wabash, Wabash County, Ind.; American consul to Maranham, Brazil, 1850-1853; elected as an Opposition Party candidate to the Thirty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Thirty-fifth, and Thirty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1855-March 3, 1861); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Thirty-fourth Congress); member of the state house of representatives in 1865 and served as speaker; judge of the twenty-seventh judicial district of Indiana 1872-1880; died in Wabash, Ind., March 21, 1881; interment in Falls Cemetery.

Duke University Library
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1824-1860, 45 items.
The papers contain letters to John Pettit, chiefly from his father, George C. Pettit of Albany and Fabius, N.Y., and from friends. Topics include party politics in New York and Indiana and the election of 1840 in New York and of 1844 in Maine. There is also information on schools and colleges and on student life in New York and Rhode Island, the temperance movement in Indiana, and some mention of the Oregon question.


Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1840-1879. 10 items.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, relating to his work as a lawyer, judge, Indian claims agent, and colonel of the 75th Indiana Regiment during the Civil War. Finding aid in repository.

  • Pettit, John Upfold. Speech of Hon. John U. Pettit, of Indiana, on the restoration of the Missouri Compromise. Washington: Printed at the Congressional Globe Office, 1856.
  • ------. Speech on the bill to establish a territorial government in Oregon, delivered in the House of Representatives, Thursday, January 14, 1847. Washington: Printed at the office of Blair and Rives, 1847.