Daniel Lyman Chandler Papers

Institution: Newberry Library
60 W. Walton St.
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312-255-3506
Date: 1855-1866
Extent: .2 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
Daniel Lyman Chandler from Massachusetts was living and working as a hostler in Chicago in the 1850s, when he decided to emigrate to the Kansas Territory. Staking his claim in Ogden, near Manhattan, Kansas, Chandler farmed corn and hay, and encouraged some members of his family to come west, settle near him and join him in the anti-slavery movement. Apparently Chandler became active in local politics around 1860.

Scope and Content Note:
Twelve letters of New Englander Daniel Lyman Chandler from Chicago, Illinois, and Ogden, Kansas, to his relatives,1855-1863, which describe life in Chicago and in the Kansas Territory. Also, two other letters from his nephew John and a woman named Elisabeth Hewins. Letters from Chicago are full of details regarding local and national politics, and his thoughts on slavery. Letters from Ogden, Kansas, 1857-1863, reflect the passions and emotions of an abolitionist living and working in the midst of social and political turmoil. Chandler’s descriptions of life during a time later termed that of “Bleeding Kansas” include the terrible hardships of the emigrants who have arrived to homestead, and his exhortations to his Eastern relatives to send assistance and/or come join the anti-slavery efforts.

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