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Surgeon Numan N. Horton letter

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P973


Letter from Surgeon Numan N. Horton of Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas to his former captain, regarding life in Fort Scott and Bourbon County. Horton's topics include the weather, updates about fellow soldiers, selling of land in the area and expectations about an influx of settlers in the spring, and other related topics. The letter is written on a promotional or booster sheet regarding Fort Scott and Bourbon County, describing facilities available in Fort Scott (including mills, factories, railroads, and newspapers) and natural resources available in the county (including water, fruits, coal, iron ore, lumber, etc.), as well as the climate in the region.


  • Creation: March 11, 1867


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Biography of Numan N. Horton (1838-1892)

Numan (or Newman) N. Horton was born July 29, 1838 in Atlas, Michigan, the son of Ira Joseph and Ruth Howard (Spear) Horton. He studied medicine at Michigan University and then graduated in 1862 from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City, now part of Columbia University.

Horton was appointed assistant surgeon in the Union Army, serving as surgeon with the Tennessee Army, the 8th Regiment Louisiana Volunteers of African Descent, and finally with the 47th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry.

After the Civil War, Horton moved to Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas. While there, he married Ella S. Campbell (1849-1919), with whom he had at least two children: William Campbell (1869-1950) and Thomas O. (1881-1889).

The Hortons eventually moved to Kansas City, Missouri, and N.N. Horton invented a new reclining chair for railroad passenger travel, akin to a dentist's chair. Numan N. Horton died on February 10, 1892 in Kansas City, MO.


1 folder ; Folder measures 22x37 cm.

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Physical Location

RH MS P973

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, McBride Rare Books, 2020.

Related Materials

N.N. Horton letters, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

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