Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Thomas P. Dewey
LH – 352
Scope and Content
This collection was given to the Hayes Presidential Center
by Dorothy Cox in 2007.
Thomas P. Dewey was born on 27 December 1852 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania,
to George and Harriet (Ensign) Dewey. He
was educated in the public schools
of Pennsylvania and then Kelloggsville,
Ohio, before studying law under Tinker &
Alvord in Painesville, Ohio.
Dewey relocated to Clyde,
Ohio, in 1877, continuing his education under Judge John M. Lemmon. He received admission to the Sandusky County
bar on 24 April 1879 and formed the legal partnership of Finch & Dewey in Clyde in 1883. Dewey
married Jennie Stilwill on 9 September 1879, and the couple had three children:
Hattie, Benjamin, and Lucy. In addition
to his work as an attorney, Dewey also owned and operated several farms around Clyde. In 1906 the
partnership of Finch & Dewey dissolved, and Dewey continued to work
independently as an attorney until he entered into the practice of Dewey &
Dewey with his son, Benjamin. Thomas
Dewey was actively involved in various organizations and political endeavors as
well, serving as vice president and director of the Peoples Banking Company of Clyde and campaigning for the presidency of William
McKinley. Dewey died on 22 October 1931
in Clyde, Ohio,
from complications of two strokes and a lingering illness; he was 79 years old.
A. L. (Albert) Bush was born in Sandusky County, Ohio,
around 1833. He was a resident of Clyde, Ohio,
who served during the U. S. Civil War.
It appears as though he enlisted in the Union army on 10 October 1861,
entering as a private in the 72 Ohio
Volunteer Infantry (OVI). He was
appointed third corporal on 2 December 1861, a rank he maintained until he was
mustered out of the service. On 11 June
1864, Bush was taken prisoner during the battle of Brice’s Cross Roads. He was mustered out on 13 January 1865 in Columbus, Ohio,
upon the expiration of his three year term of service. Bush struggled with a disability as a result
of his time during the war. He spent the
last fifteen years of his life in Rocky
Ridge, Ohio, where he
died of complications from his war affliction on 24 September 1888; he was 56
Scope and Content
This collection, spanning from 1864 to 1938, primarily
contains business and legal documents relating to Attorney Thomas P. Dewey of Clyde, Ohio. Cancelled checks, expense reports, bills, and
papers of Dewey are included, as well as legal documents, court case files, and
notes concerning his work as a lawyer in Sandusky
County, Ohio. Also of interest in this collection is a
typed transcription of the diary of A. L. Bush, a Clyde, Ohio, resident who served in the U.S. Civil
War with the 72 Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Entries from 1864 and 1865 are present, as well as journal accounts from
1/2 linear ft.
1. Typed transcription of diary of A. L. Bush,
January 1, 1864 – December 31, 1865; January 1, 1878 – December 31, 1878
2. Cancelled checks
and stubs, 1907-1938
3. Farm expenses,
5. Gas bill for
legal/organization documents, 1913-1928
7. Legal information,
8. Personal dues,
expenses, papers, 1915
9. Dewey home repair
10. Bills from C. W.
11. Bills from
Huffman Hardware, 1922-1928
bills for Dewey, 1922-1928
13. Notepad of Thomas
P. Dewey with legal notes (with a handwritten copy)
14. Kolk case, date
15. Evans vs. Wood,
16. Knauss vs.
Knauss, February 1905
17. Floyd L. Post
& Cecile A. Post, 1909-1911
18. Emily C. Bowen
Lower, August 1912
19. Fuller et. al.
vs. Sandusky County Board
of Commissioners, 1913
20. C. A. Ward vs.
Fred Eyman, 1913-1915
21. Baker vs. Frontz,
22. T. A. Winter
& Sons vs. McHugh Bros. (Homer Metzgar, Atty.), 1915
23. Loney vs. Loney,
25. Village of Green Springs
Council – ordnances & resolution, 1916
26. Swander, March
27. Reel Millings
28. Clemons vs.
29. Engler vs.
30. E. A. Corey,
31. A. & J. Mfg.
Co. vs. J. J. Ceboll, 1926-1928