Indiana Historical Society
TIPTON, John (1786-1839)

TIPTON, JOHN, a Senator from Indiana; born near Sevierville, Sevier County, Tenn., August 14, 1786; received a limited schooling; moved to Harrison County, Ind., in 1807 and engaged in agricultural pursuits; served with the "Yellow Jackets" in the Tippecanoe campaign and subsequently attained the rank of brigadier general of militia; sheriff of Harrison County, Ind., 1816-1819; member, State house of representatives 1819-1823; one of the commissioners to select a site for a new capital for Indiana in 1820; commissioner to determine the boundary line between Indiana and Illinois 1821; appointed United States Indian agent for the Pottawatamie and Miami tribes 1823; laid out the city of Logansport, Ind., in 1828; elected as a Jacksonian (later Democrat) to the United States Senate on December 9, 1831, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James Noble; reelected in 1832 and served from January 3, 1832, to March 3, 1839; due to poor health declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1838; chairman, Committee on Roads and Canals (Twenty-fifth Congress), Committee on Indian Affairs (Twenty-fifth Congress); died in Logansport, Cass County, Ind., on April 5, 1839; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1812-1838. 16 items. Letters and a speech (1838). Also photographs.

Indiana State Library
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: 1806-1858. 8,000 items. Letters, journals, and accounts regarding Indian affairs, politics and military matters. Finding aid. Additional items and photographs in various collections.

  • Blackburn, Glen A. "The Papers of John Tipton.'' Ph.D. dissertation, Indiana University, 1928.
  • Pershing, M.W. Life of General John Tipton and Early Indiana History. Tipton, IN: Tipton Literary and Suffrage Club, n.d.
  • Robinson, Nellie Armstrong, and Dorothy Riker, eds. The John Tipton Papers. 3 vols. Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Bureau, 1942.
  • Tipton, John. "The Journal of John Tipton.'' Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History 1 (1905): 9-15, 74-79.
  • ___. "The Tippecanoe Journal of John Tipton.'' Indiana Quarterly Magazine of History 2 (December 1906): 170-84.