Letter to Richard H. Collins
D. T. Mitchell emigrated from Kentucky to Kansas Territory in the 1850s as an attorney and land agent, engaging also in map publishing and later in newspaper publishing and politics. In this September 11, 1855 letter to Kentuckian Richard H. Collins, Mitchell writes from Weston, Missouri of news of a Pawnee attack on a federally-contracted survey party directed by Colonel Charles Manners while mapping Pawnee lands near the Platte River in Nebraska.
- September 11, 1855
- Mitchell, D. T. (David T.) (Person)
- Gunn, Otis B. (Person)
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Biography of D. T. Mitchell (1832-)
David T. Mitchell was born on April 8, 1832 in Maxon County, Kentucky. He became a law student and emigrated to the Kansas Territory in the 1850s. In December 1856, he settled in Douglas County's community of Lecompton, where he was a practicing attorney and land agent.
In 1861, Mitchell and civil engineer O. B. Gunn published Gunn & Mitchell's New Map of Kansas and the Gold Mines, first produced by Gunn alone in 1859, but issued jointly with Mitchell in all succeeding editions. Mitchell later served as Douglas County Attorney and was a member of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1862 and 1863. For many years, he resided at Lawrence, Kansas, where he was an owner of The Standard, a weekly Democratic newspaper, from 1870 to 1875.
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Purchase, William J. B. Burger.
- Guide to the D.T. Mitchell Collection
- Letter to Richard H. Collins
- Finding aid prepared by mh, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mh, 2007. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Letter to Richard H. Collins, Kansas Collection, RH MS P833, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas
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