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Gideon Koiner Letter to Jonathan Koiner

Identifier: SC 01802

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Scope and Contents

One handwritten letter and envelope from Gideon Koiner to his brother Jonathan Koiner describing the 1860 election. The letter notes the political atmosphere of the day and public opinion on the matter. One standard ink letter on paper.


  • Creation: November 8, 1860

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Biographical / Historical

The letter, written by Gideon Koiner, details the author's opinons on the Democratic candidates leading up to the election of 1860. Koiner's letter to his brother speaks of his support of the southern Democrat John C. Breckinridge against the northern Democrat Stephen A. Douglas and the political climate of the country. Koiner also mentions his fears over the dissolution of the Union.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 legal sized folder. )



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased with the Nell Richardson Tonkin Fund.

Processing Information

The collection received container level processing. This finding aid may be updated to reflect new descriptions and acquisitions to the collection.

Guide to the Gideon Koiner Letter to Jonathan Koiner Collection
Kendall McKinley
December 2022
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository