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Charles H. Lovejoy papers

Call Number: RH MS P90


This collection includes diaries, sermons, biographical sketches, and other materials from Methodist minister Charles H. Lovejoy, who came to Kansas during its territorial era. Materials have been physically separated, with loose papers located at RH MS P90 and volumes located at both RH MS B7 and RH MS C20.


  • Creation: 1841 - 1895


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Biography of Charles H. Lovejoy (1811-1904)

Charles Haseltine Lovejoy was born in Grafton County, New Hampshire in November 1811, the son of Phineas (1777-1872) and Annis (Blood) Lovejoy (1777-1865). He became a Methodist minister and married Julia Louisa Hardy (1812-1882).

The Lovejoys joined the New England Emigrant Aid Company and moved to Kansas in March 1855. On the trip one of their children contracted measles and died within a week of arriving in the territory. Lovejoy organized the first Methodist Episcopal churches in Lawrence, Topeka, and Manhattan. Their daughter Juliette (Lovejoy) Whitehorn died at the age of 21 in Manhattan, KS in August 1860 while Charles and Julia Lovejoy were visiting family back in New Hampshire.

Lovejoy enlisted in the 7th Kansas Volunteer Calvary in April 1863 and served as chaplain for Companies F and S during the Civil War. He was discharged in September 1865, and he and Julia temporarily moved to Lebanon, Illinois, where Lovejoy served as pastor for a church there. They were there for only a year before returning to Kansas in September 1866, residing in Baldwin City for the rest of their lives.

Julia Louisa Lovejoy died in February 1882. Charles H. Lovejoy remarried to Lucy H. Lovejoy (1829-1920). Charles H. Lovejoy died in November 1904 and was buried in Vinland Cemetery.

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1 folder (1 folder containing 5 items + 4 volumes) ; No volume measures taller than 25 cm.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchases, Smoky Hill Booksellers, 1957, 1962.

Guide to the Charles H. Lovejoy Collection
Charles H. Lovejoy papers
Finding aid created by kpz, 27 December 1972. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2020.
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Charles H. Lovejoy papers, Kansas Collection, RH MS P90, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States