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Nine pocket diaries from the years 1867, 1868, 1871-1872, 1874-1875, 1877-1878, and 1880, containing brief holograph entries documenting Smith's activities as a law student at the University of Michigan; his early involvement in organizing clubs for young Democratics; his travels in the West, to the Northeast, and to his family home in Indiana, by steamer, stagecoach, and train; his work as a district and a criminal attorney in Texas; and his social and religious activities. Individuals mentioned in Smith's diaries include friends J. A. Cheneworth, John R. Higdon and Joseph W. Waddell, and his brothers Joseph and Zachary of Bonham, Texas; Thomas J. Brown and J. W. Throckmorton, Smith's friends and law partners in Sherman, Texas; and James Preston, whom Smith defended in his Dallas, Texas murder trial.
The daily entries in the diaries are followed by names and addresses of acquaintances, personal financial accounts, and miscellaneous notes. A pocket notebook dated 1870 Dec 26 contains copies in Smith's hand of forms of indictment for various crimes.
Lucas F. Smith was born ca. 1840 in Wells County, Indiana. He apprenticed as a printer in 1859, and was a member of Company G of the 101st Indiana Volunteer Infantry between 1863 and 1865. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law Department in 1868, he travelled West to Missouri, Kansas, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. In 1870 he was appointed district attorney for the 11th Judicial District at Bonham, Texas. Between 1873 and 1880, the date of the last diary, Smith practiced law with Thomas J. Brown and I. W. Throckmorton in Sherman, Texas, lived in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his license to practice law; travelled to Indiana, Nebraska, Kansas, St. Louis, Colorado, New Mexico, New York State, Boston, and Rhode Island; and practiced law in Dallas, Texas.
Purchased from William P. Wreden on the William Robertson Coe Fund.
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- WA MSS S-2185
- Collection Title
- Lucas F. Smith diaries and notebooks
- Collection/Other Creator
- Smith, Lucas F
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- Container / Volume
- Box 1 | Folder 2
Subjects, Formats, And Genres
- Subject (Geographic)
Ann Arbor (Mich.)--Social life and customs
Bonham (Tex.)--Social life and customs
Buffton (Ind.)--Social life and customs
Colorado--Description and travel
Dallas (Tex.)--Social life and customs
Nebraska--Description and travel
New Mexico--Description and travel
New York (State)--Description and travel
Saint Louis (Mo.)--Description and travel
Saint Louis (Mo.)--Social life and customs
Sherman (Tex.)--Social life and customs
Texas--Description and travel
- Subject (Name)
Brown, Thomas J
Cheneworth, J. A
Democratic Party (U.S.) Michigan
Denton & Wood. Pocket diary
Preston, Ja. (James)
Smith, Joseph, 1870-1940
Smith, Lucas F
Smith, Zachary, fl. 1870
Texas. District Court (11th Judicial District)
Throckmorton, J. W. (James Webb), 1825-1894
University of Michigan. Department of Law. Students
Waddell, Joseph W
- Subject (Topic)
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- Lucas F. Smith Diaries and Notebooks, Yale Collection of Western Americana, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.
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