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TitleGeneral John Tipton of U. Senate, donation of the Tippecanoe Battle Ground to the state of Indiana
Other TitleDonation of the Tippecanoe Battle Ground to the state of Indiana
CreatorWinter, George, 1810-1876
Description"General John Tipton of U. Senate. Donation of The Tippecanoe ' Battle Ground to the State of Indiana" (title from verso of last page; written in pencil) AMs, 7p. (6 sheets; written in pencil)
Description ContinuedTipton was born in Tennessee in 1786; his father died when he was seven, and he had to make his own way in the world. He moved his family to Harrison County in 1807, where he lived by doing hard labor. He joined the "Yellow Jackets, " Spencer's company, and was named ensign just prior to the Battle of Tippecanoe, in which most of that company was killed or wounded. He advanced in rank in the Indiana militia and became a Major General in 1822. In 1814 he was elected Sheriff of Harrison County; in 1821, representative to the state legislature from that county. In 1824, he was appointed Indian agent for the Miami and Potawatami region, which culminated in the signing of treaties in 1826. In 1828, the Indian agency was moved from Fort Wayne to Logansport. Tipton remained agent until he was appointed to fill a vacant U. S. Senate seat in 1831. In 1838, he was appointed to assist Col. Pepper with the Potawatami emigration. The emigration failed in 1837, due to the opposition of Ewing and other traders, but when the agents decreed that no more annuity payments would be made east of the Mississippi, the traders came into agreement. Father Petit also silenced his own opposition once Tipton threatened him with arrest. Tipton and Pepper assembled the chiefs at the Catholic Mission, under pretense of a conference, and then took them prisoner. Tipton died suddenly on April 5, 1839. His son Spear Tipton called G.W. on the morning of the death to sketch his father's portrait, from which he has painted several copies. Mention of Tipton's other children; description of his appearance and personality. He donated to the state, on Nov. 7, 1836, over 16 acres comprising the Tippecanoe Battlefield.
SubjectsTipton, John, 1786-1839
Tippecanoe Battlefield (Battle Ground, Ind.)
Indians of North America
Emigration & immigration
RepositoryGeorge Winter Collection
RightsImages in the George Winter Collection should not be used without written permission from the Tippecanoe County Historical Association. To obtain reproduction rights and prices, contact the Tippecanoe County Historical Association, http://www.tcha.mus.in.us
Extent of Original6 p. ; 31 cm.
CollectionGeorge Winter Collection
Date Digitized8/08/2006
Capture DeviceEpson Expression 10000XL Photo Scanner
Capture DetailsSilverfast 6.4.1 r8c by Lazersoft
Resolution300 ppi
Color Depth24 bit
Color ManagementMonaco EZcolor using an IT8 target
URI ark:/34231/c69w0cd5