Charles Durkee correspondence

Charles Durkee correspondence

Dates: 1859-1861

There are three letters in the Charles Durkee correspondence written to Friend Cheney. 1) July 11 or 16, 1859, from Kenasher, Wisconsin. Durkee regrets to learn that Cheney and his wife are sick. He gives Cheney estimates on the cost of land around Lake Michigan. He says business is still depressed in the West. 2) February 2, 1860, from Washington. Durkee tells Cheney that General Fenton will work to influence the committee for a favorable report on Cheney’s petition. If General Fenton gets a bill framed in the House, Durkee will work on getting support for Cheney’s petition in the Senate. 3) December 16, 1861, from Kenasher, Wisconsin. Durkee gives Cheney information on buying a lot in Waukegan, Illinois. Durkee says he is confident that God will [overrule] whatever takes place in the present struggle for the liberation of the oppressed and the diffusion of free principles.”

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Durkee, Charles, 1805-1870
  • Call Number: MSS 4117
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Charles Durkee correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4117; Charles Durkee correspondence; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4117, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Autograph Alcove in 1990.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Autograph Alcove; 1990.
Subject Terms
United States. Congress. Senate--History--19th century; Correspondence; Kenosha (Wis.); Material Types
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah political history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Durkee (Charles) correspondence
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Charles Durkee (1805-1870) served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican and as the governor of Utah.

Charles Durkee was born on December 10, 1805, in Royalton, Windsor County, Vermont. In 1836, he became one of the founders of Kenosha, Wisconsin (originally called Southport). He served in the United States Senate as a Republican from 1855 to 1861. He was a member of the 1861 Peace Commission. He was the governor of Utah in 1865-1869. He passed away on January 14, 1870, in Omaha, Nebraska.

Information from notes on typescript of first letter, and from

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